Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Treasure to chair new Mental Health Commission team

The Victorian Government has announced key appointments to the State’s new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission.

Minister for Mental Health, Gabrielle Williams said a reliable and accountable mental health system was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into the State’s mental health system – and the new Commission would play a pivotal role in achieving that outcome.

“I’m proud to announce the Commissioners of the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission – an important oversight body that will lead to a safer and more compassionate mental health system for all Victorians,” she said.

The new Commission brings expertise, diversity and experience in the mental health field to champion the leadership of people with lived and living experience in the system, the Minister said.

The Commission will be led by Chair Treasure Jennings, who is the current Mental Health Complaints Commissioner. Ms Jennings will bring a wealth of experience and insight from her work in oversight, consumer complaints and dispute resolution.

Annabel Brebner.

Ms Jennings will be joined by Commissioners Annabel Brebner, Jacqueline Gibson and Kathleen Maggie Toko.

The new Commission will lead a new independent statutory authority established through the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022.

The role of the Commission will be to monitor and publicly report on performance, quality and safety of the mental health and wellbeing system, handle and investigate complaints about service delivery, and elevate the leadership of people with lived experience.

The new body will have broad oversight of the mental health system to drive wider cultural change and reduce stigma surrounding mental illness, Minister Williams said.

The Commission is a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, and a key feature of Victoria’s new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022.

The Commissioners’ appointment will come into effect on 1 April 2023, and they will prepare for the establishment of the new Commission before formally commencing in their roles on 1 September 2023.

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System set out a 10-year vision to reform Victoria’s mental health and wellbeing system and more than 90 per cent of work on recommendations is already underway.

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