As part of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, our current Mental Health Act is being replaced with a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act. Consultation is happening now on how this Act will be developed, and the ASU as your union will be providing feedback to the Government. Our key priority is making sure that the new Act takes into account the rights and protections of Mental Health workers, and that you are considered at every stage of its development.

The key reforms that the Act is considering are; non-legal advocacy and supported decision making, compulsory assessment and treatment, seclusion and restraint, and governance and oversight. It will also provide clarity about the rights and roles of all participants in the mental health system. A summary paper is available that runs through these issues, which you can read here.

The Royal Commission is a big opportunity to improve Victoria’s Mental Health System, and the ASU will work constructively to help see these reforms succeed. That said, we’d like to see more inclusion of workers in the process that the Government have laid out for preparing the Act. No one understands your work better than you, and you should be involved every step of the way on such big changes.

If you have any thoughts or feedback on the discussion paper or anything you think the ASU should include in our submission, please email ASU Organiser Matt Steen at by Friday 23 July.

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