Victoria's mental health royal commission recommends 65 measures to address 'broken' system

Premier commits to all mental health royal commission recommendations

Premier Daniel Andrews has committed to implementing all 65 recommendations from the state's royal commission into mental health.

Mr Andrews said Victoria's mental health system is "more than cracked, it is completely broken".

"We have a once in a generation opportunity to set right those many wrongs and to rebuild our mental health system from the ground up," Mr Andrews said.

"It won't be simple, it won't be fast and it won't be easy.

"Without real, concrete and committed action from government, nothing will ever change.

"As a government, we recognise these profound failures and commit ourselves to implementing every single one of the commission's recommendations."

Opposition leader Michael O'Brien said the royal commission highlights how broken the state's mental health system is.

"This royal commission report must be the start of fundamental change," Mr O'Brien said.

"Mental health care is an essential service of government and must be prioritised as such.

"It is a core responsibility of government and should be resourced as schools and police are.

65 recommendations in all

The commission's final report, tabled in parliament on Tuesday, delivered 65 recommendations, including a proposal to establish eight interim regional bodies to plan, fund, develop and coordinate mental health and wellbeing services has been recommended by the state's royal commission into mental health.

The report recommended the interim regional bodies be replaced with legislated Regional Mental Health and Wellbeing Boards by no later than the end of 2023.

"The boards would lead engagement with their respective communities and undertake workforce, service and capital planning for mental health and wellbeing services," the report said.

Supporting social and emotional wellbeing in schools was highlighted by the commission, which recommended the government develop a fund to support anti-stigma and anti-bullying programs to support students' mental health and wellbeing, prioritising rural and regional areas.

The trial of two new digital service delivery initiatives and bolstering the mental health workforce were outlined as part of the report's specific recommendations for rural and regional areas.

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