Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:27): My question is for the Minister for Health, representing the Minister for Mental Health, in relation to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. Last November the state government published the interim report for the royal commission into mental health. The interim report contains a number of priority recommendations that address immediate needs and lay the foundations for a new approach to mental health. The interim report is the first of two major reports by the commission and represents a stocktake of what the commission has learned so far. While I understand the majority of the commission’s recommendations will appear in its final report, which is now due in February 2021, there are a number of areas which the commission stated need to be addressed as a priority. My question is: can the minister outline which of the nine recommendations from the interim report have now been fully implemented, specifically the status of recommendation 9, which is the mental health implementation office?
Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:31): Thank you, Minister, for your response. Between 18 April and 5 July 2019 Victorians were invited to share their experiences, views and ideas on how to improve Victoria’s mental health system. The commission received more than 3200 submissions from organisations and individuals, including people with lived experience, carers, families and the workforce. However, as we know, there are big differences between the mental health services we need in the city versus the mental health services we need in country Victoria. I did not really pick up on any regional responses in your previous answer, so my supplementary question is: what steps is the state government taking to ensure that the royal commission is acknowledging the views of all Victorians, particularly those, given that there have most likely been changes to future public hearings, in regional areas?