In May 2020, members of the long established VTMH Reference Group met with Chair of the Royal Commission Penny Armytage and Commissioner Dr Alex Cockram. This was chance to advocate for a fairer and more just service system. Being more inclusive will be key.
Firstly, we heard many voices. We listened to people with lived experience and leaders in education and research. Consumer and carer advocates, community organisations and mental health and multicultural services also spoke.
Secondly, we explored three themes: engaging communities, consumers and carers; workforce development; and governance, data collection and research.
Finally, we talked about solutions. About ways to create a more culturally safe, responsive mental health service system.
Keep reading to learn more about VTMH and the Commission.