The ACT Government has now formally established the Territory’s first Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing. In the 2017-2018 Budget, $2.9m was allocated over four years to establish the office which was part of the Labor-Greens parliamentary agreement. WCHM was pleased to see the following key features of the Office which reflected input we and provided to the consultations:
- The Office will take the lead in creating a new, Territory-wide vision for mental health and suicide prevention in the ACT through collaboration and co-design.
- The Office will be led by a Coordinator-General who will develop a holistic approach across the continuum of mental health care to ensure that people experiencing poor mental health can access the most appropriate services and supports at the right place and the right time.
- The model for the Office will enable it to focus on issues across the whole of Government, ensuring the Office will collaborate closely with other agencies, including health services, primary care, housing, employment, community services, justice, community safety, police, education, and social inclusion.
- The Office will sit within ACT Health but will be guaranteed a level of independence by having access to the Minister for Mental Health, and may initiate reports and reviews, or conduct those requested by the Minister.
ACT Government response to the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
WCHM welcomed the commitments made by the ACT Government in it’s response to the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on 15 June. Along with other states and territories, the ACT has committed to join the National Redress Scheme, and agreed to address each and every recommendation from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.