Access to mental health services

Expected to be tabled in December 2018

Overview

Objective To determine if people with mental illness have timely access to appropriate public treatment and support services they need.

Issues Victoria provides both acute and community-based mental health services for Victorians to prevent, manage and treat mental health episodes, in collaboration with various Commonwealth-funded services. In 2016, Victoria released a new 10-year mental health plan. The integration of the system—including identification, community treatment or transition acute services—is integral to the best health outcomes and can be inhibited if issues in accessibility or interconnectedness occur.

This audit will examine whether the current system and its proposed changes provides timely access to required services in the right locations. The audit will identify metrics for measuring accessibility and test whether the components of the mental health system meet accepted benchmarks.

Proposed agencies The Department of Health and Human Services and six health services.

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