Policy and Advocacy

Robust discussion on mental health system failings

The AMA Victoria Section of Psychiatry invited all psychiatrist and registrar members to an open meeting on Monday 11 February to discuss the upcoming Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health and explore broader issues of importance to psychiatrists. 

The meeting was well attended by psychiatrists from a range of subspecialties and services, resulting in a robust discussion on important areas that are not effectively managed within the current system. These include challenges with the current mental health service structure, a lack of inpatient and rehabilitation beds, limited forensic services as well as aspects of child and adolescent care, dual diagnosis services and a range of sub-specialty conditions that are poorly covered within the current system. 

There was also discussion about the AMA Victoria response to the Royal Commission Terms of Reference survey (available to read online), as well as the proposed AMA models of outpatient care. Further updates were provided about the involvement of RANZCP and Department of Health and Human Services in the Royal Commission. Towards the end of the night, we had an interesting discussion encouraging members to imagine how they would like to change the system they worked in (public or private), to be more effective, and a place where you would enjoy to work.

Member feedback provides a stronger platform for AMA Victoria to respond to the Royal Commission process. The Section of Psychiatry is keen to provide further updates and meetings as the Commission proceeds, to ensure the involvement of psychiatrists and trainees throughout the process.

Any ideas, thoughts, or further interest can be directed to AMA Victoria Senior Policy Advisor, Nada Martinovic on NadaM@amavic.com.au

To read our full submission to the Terms of Reference consultation, CLICK HERE.

Dr Ajit Selvendra
Dr Bill Pring

AMA Victoria Section of Psychiatry

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