Latest News

Back to News

VAGO report identifies shortfalls in Victoria’s mental health services

Posted 26 March 2019

The report Access to Mental Health Services identified several shortfalls in service provision including limited funding, insufficient staff numbers and poor bed availability.

The report highlighted a number of findings, including:

  • while 3 per cent  of Victorians have a severe mental illness, only 1.16 per cent of Victorians receive clinical mental healthcare
  • there was an 11.5 per cent  increase in mental health patients presenting to emergency departments from 2015-16 to 2017-18
  • Acute mental health hospital admissions have grown 2.4 per cent since last year
  • Length of stay) in hospital has reduced from 14.7 days in 2009 to 9.6 days for 2017-18, and
  • 14.4 per cent  of adult mental health patients are having an unplanned readmission within 28 days of discharge.

The report recommended that the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) undertake a state-wide mapping of mental health services incorporating funding models, price structures a detailed public state-wide investment plan. 

The Victorian government accepted the recommendations to undertake statewide mapping, develop a performance and accountability framework, undertake a price review of clinical mental health services, and re-establish the Mental Health Expert Taskforce. Further reforms looking to resolve known catchment boundaries issues and improving internal governance are contingent on the outcomes of the Royal Commission into Mental Health.

For more information, access the report and its recommendations  here.


News Archive

View all

Register for the 2019 VHA & ACHG Governance Conference

The VHA and the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance invite members to attend the 2019 Governance Conference:  Driving the future of healthcare governance Date: Friday 3 May Registration … Read more

Joint Standing Committee: Progress report

The Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme has tabled a new progress report. In the period since its last progress report, the committee received 71 … Read more

Webinar series: Catalyst for change

The ‘Catalyst for Change’ webinar series is designed to support Victorian healthcare organisations involved in the transition to NDIS. The webinars will explore the change framework and … Read more

Filling the gap: Grattan Institute releases report on dental care

The VHA welcomes a Grattan Institute report that recommends universal dental care for Australia.  The Grattan Institute this week released the report, Filling the dental gap: A universal … Read more