The Victorian Government is currently undertaking a review of the mental health system in Victoria. St Kilda Legal Service has contributed to this process in a number of ways.
Together with our LGBTIQ Legal Service, we welcomed the opportunity to make a submission in response to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. Our research and casework experience has found that the mental health of LGBTIQ people is among the poorest in Australia.
On this basis, our recommendations focused on:
• support for the development and expansion of peer-led, integrated services;
• training for all practitioners and workers in the mental health system;
• fostering a community of practice for LGBTIQ specialist mental health practitioners; and
• LGBTIQ applicant and respondent workers for family violence matters at all courts.
You can read our submission here.
St Kilda Legal Service also contributed to the submission of the Federation of Community Legal Centres (FCLC). As a result of our case work and research, we provided information to the FCLC on:
• the impact of homelessness and the mis-identification of family violence perpetrators for people living with mental illness; and
• the importance of including legal services in an integrated service delivery in order to deliver better health and justice outcomes for people living with mental illness.
You can read the FCLC’s submission here
Before the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Royal Commission were finalised, St Kilda Legal Service provided feedback to the Victorian Government on important themes to be included in the TOR.
You can read our submission in response to the proposed TOR here.