The Victorian Mental Health Royal Commission comes at a pivotal time and is providing us a 'once in a generation' opportunity to implement a major re-design and reform for the mental health system in Victoria.

As well as attending many sessions provided by the Royal Commission; LMMHCN made a formal submission which outlines in detail the needs of people suffering mental health, carers and communities in the Loddon Mallee Region. We are very optimistic that the Royal Commission will provide the Victorian Government with a clear mandate to implement a complete re-design of mental health care. You can read/download our submission here LMMHCN submission

We thank our secretary Sandra for her valuable input in presenting the submission and to the CoM members who contributed to the dialogue.


Over the next four years the Victorian Government's 2019/20 budget includes a $49.5 million package in additional funding for carers. This package will fund an extra 100,000 hours of respite care each year and expand eligibility to include carers of people with mental illness and younger carers. This will enable an extra 5000 Victorians to access respite care, knowing their relative or friend is receiving quality care. 

Within the $49.5 million package, there will be $4 million in grants for carer support groups. These grants will focus on support for carers in regional areas as well as under-recognised groups such as young carers and LGBTIQA + carers.

Victorian Carer Card holders will be able to access half priced public transport all year round and free public transport during carers week.

Carers Victoria played a pivitol role in the development of the Victorian Carer Strategy in 2018 to ensure carers can get the support they need.

Read the full media release good news for carers-media-release-May-2019

Mental Health NDIS Access Support is a new way to get help accessing NDIS services (see flyer). The Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS) Intake Service are assisting people with a mental illness to access the NDIS and work collaboratively with other services to help people to understand, engage in and complete the NDIS access process.

Download the flyer for more detailed information... NDIS Access Support

For Regional and Rural areas ACSO 1300 022 760 E.  


Carer Gateway flyer

The second of five online education modules developed by Carers Australia is now available on the Australian Government's Carer Gateway portal. The latest module explores 'Effective Communications' techniques to help carers gain confidence to plan and discuss difficult issues. visit carer-gateway-portal for details

The Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) will fund public health services to deliver the 'Early Intervention Mental Health Psychosocial Response' in partnership with community-managed mental health providers. Health services will contract community-managed mental health providers of Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS) Individualised Client Support Packages (ICSP) currently operating in the area mental health service catchments to deliver this initiative.

Read the full report....Early Intervention Mental Health Psychosocial Response

The Department of Social Services has undertaken extensive analysis and consultation including public consultation in April 2018 through a discussion paper.

Key suggestions from stakeholders included -

- Aligning service areas to an existing Government service delivery boundary structure, with a strong preference for the Primary Health Network (PHN) regions.

- Containing service areas within state and territory jurisdiction boundaries.

- Avoiding artificial division of metropolitan service delivery areas.

The consultation also indicated the carer provider sector has the capability, capacity and willingness to establish and manage consortia required to deliver across large service areas.

There will be 16 Carer Gateway service areas under the new model; defined service areas that align to existing PHN regions; each service area is based on groupings of PHN regions.

Read the full release paper - Carer Gatway Service Areas


LMMHCN ANNUAL REPORT 2017/18.    LMMHCN Annual Report 2017 2018 001

During the course of 2017/18 we were excited to bring together a committee of skilled representatives of organisations in the sector to form the Carer Consultation Taskforce; the Taskforce has now wound down and the final report is under review.  we thank the participating organisations for giving their time, wisdom and enthusiasm to come together as one voice to improve mental health carer support services; this reflects the importance of advocating for and on behalf of mental health carers throughout the Loddon Mallee Region. 

The Carers Consultation Taskforce was complimented by the following organisations:-

Bendigo Health Carer Support Services, Bendigo Health Psych Services, Murray Primary Health Networks, Carers Victoria, Golden City Support Services, Dept. Health & Human Services (State) and a consumer representative.

Download/Read the full Annual Report here.....LMMHCN Annual Report 2017 2018


The National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) has released its sixth national report - Monitoring Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Reform - National Report 2018.

The report considers the status of Australia's core national mental health and suicide prevention reforms, and their impact on the wellbeing of consumers and carers.

The National Report highlights progress in mental health reforms across Australia; the key reforms covered in the report, which the NMHC will continue to monitor and report on, are the NDIS, PHN's, physical health, the mental health workforce and the Fifth Plan.

This report is only one mechanism that the NMHC will be using to monitor and report on Australia's mental health and suicide prevention systems, and will separately report on the progress of implementation of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

NMHC will submit the report to COAG on 12th October 2018.

Download or read the report at national mental health commission website





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