New Era of Mental Health Collaboration Begins

The Collaborative Centre has appointed lead partners as an important step towards the development of a new, and vastly improved, mental health system.

Thursday, 10 August 2023 at 3:36 am

The appointment of lead partners for the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing marks a crucial step towards enhancing Victoria's mental health system. 

The center's inaugural partners are the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, supported by a network of 18 other mental health and research collaborators. 

These partners contribute expertise to support the Collaborative Centre's goal of promoting exemplary practice, conducting interdisciplinary and translational research, and facilitating change in the mental health workforce. 

Terry Laidler, Chair of the Collaborative Centre, highlighted that these partners were selected due to their strong commitment to advancing the Centre's mandate of leading lasting, positive change in the mental health system. 

”We are delighted to be working with our partners to share and disseminate knowledge, reducing the time it takes for cutting-edge research to become practice, and ultimately improving treatment, care, and support,” Laidler said. 

Maria Katsonis, Deputy Chair of the Collaborative Centre, said that the experiences of people engaging with mental health services will be integral in the Centre's ambition to transform the mental health system in Victoria. 

”The lived and living experiences of those who access mental health treatment, care, or support, and their families and carers, will inform the work of our Centre and its collaborative partners, as together we rebuild a system that was no longer fit for purpose,” Katsonis said. 

Read more about the announcement by the Minister for Mental Health Gabrielle Williams.