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Final report into broken mental health system delayed

Mental health final report delayed.

By Portal Admin - 5th February 2021 - Back to News

The final report of the Royal Commission into Mental Health has been delayed at the eleventh hour as the Andrews Labor Government cleans up its failure to properly manage hotel quarantine. The final report was due to be tabled in State Parliament today, but Victorians will wait longer because Daniel Andrews is distracted bouncing from crisis to crisis.

Amplified disappointments on mental health system for Victorians

Its disappointing for thousands of Victorians who have shared their stories and provided evidence in an effort to lead the change that is so desperately needed. We cant afford to wait until the end of this pandemic to fix Victorias mental health system, but Labors pushed it back of the queue because Daniel Andrews doesnt want to miss out on another day of media headlines.

Weve long known Victorias mental health system is broken, with people at crisis point told they will have to wait months for support.

No action, more delays despite the recommended changes

Dozens of reports have recommended immediate change. But Daniel Andrews has refused to act, even after the Royal Commissions " mental health system is not just compromised it is afflicted by systemic failings" (p14).

We must urgently move to support vulnerable people in our community to get the help they need, when needed. Instead Daniel Andrews and Labor are delivering more delays, excuses and neglect of Victorians who cant get the crucial support they need.

From the 2019 Victorian Auditor-General report

A 2019 Victorian Auditor-General report was scathing of the DHHS bureaucracy and the continued refusal to implement recommendations from multiple internal and external investigations into Victorias Mental Health System.

VAGO found : "The Royal Commission into Mental Health will undoubtedly highlight many areas for improvement across the system. However, the need for planning and investment to meet demand is already known and as such work to address this should not await the Commissions recommendations. Further delay will only amplify the problems the Commission seeks to address".


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