Mental Health Reform Updates
The Victorian Refugee Health Network (the Network) commends the Department of Health’s dedication to promoting mental health and wellbeing for all people in Victoria, as displayed in the reform process to the Victoria’s mental health and wellbeing system.
Social prescribing in the new Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services (Local Services) aims to support people to engage in non-clinical community-based activities, such as art, creative, nature or other groups and activities, to reduce loneliness and social isolation.
The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended the establishment of up to 60 Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services across Victoria. The new service stream, now known as Mental Health and Wellbeing Locals (Local Services), are an important part of Victoria’s reformed mental health and wellbeing system. They provide an easy way to get treatment, care and support for people aged 26 years and over who are experiencing mental health concerns – including people with co-occurring alcohol and drug treatment and care needs.