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10 Year Mental Health Plan released by Minister Foley

Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley launched Victoria’s 10 Year Mental Health Plan today

Nov 2015 - MEDIA RELEASE - Martin Foley MP

The Andrews Labor Government today delivered on its election commitment to launch a 10 Year Mental Health Plan in its first year of office.

Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley released the plan, which outlines the government’s goals. The plan will help ensure that future investment is made in a coordinated, integrated way so that Victorians can access mental health services in the right place and at the right time.

Building on the plan’s priorities, the government will focus on:

The plan sets an ambitious, long-term vision for the next decade, including better mental health and wellbeing, reducing the prevalence of mental illness, reducing suicide rates and providing better access to and choice about services for people with a mental illness.

Thousands of Victorians have been involved in the plan’s development through an online consultation, including people with a mental illness, their families and carers, service providers, clinicians, workers, experts and community members. Each year, more than 1.2 million Victorians experience an episode of mental illness.

Recognising that nearly half of all Victorians (45 per cent) will experience mental illness in their lifetime, the plan focuses on greater efforts in prevention. It also outlines the Labor Government’s commitment to working directly with people with a mental illness, their families and carers to produce policy and improve services.

An expert taskforce will guide implementation of the plan and will be supported by four standing reference groups: lived-experience leadership, workforce, innovation and Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing.

The Andrews Labor Government will deliver an annual report to Parliament to measure the progress of the goals.

Victoria’s 10 year mental health plan is available at

Read the full report here:


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