Tuesday 2 March 2021
PANDA welcomes the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System’s call for a compassionate and respectful response to mental health and well-being for Victorians.
The Final Report and Recommendations call for localised care within communities, recognising the range of supports people need, including their families, community, culture, land, and spirituality.
These must be woven together to support each individual, stated Penny Armytage AM, Chair of the Commission.
The full report can be accessed here.
For the first time, perinatal mental health and well-being is identified as an area to be addressed by “supporting the mental health and wellbeing of prospective and new parents”.
Through a review of approaches to perinatal mental health screening PANDA hopes that more parents are supported to undertake both formal and informal screening regardless of where they receive care and that this enables them to receive timely and quality support based on their individual needs.
PANDA sees an important role for both our Perinatal Mental Health Helpline and our Community and Health Professional Education and Training programs in contributing to and delivering against this fundamental recommendation.
PANDA also welcomes investment in expanding and reforming the community perinatal mental health teams in each Adult and Older Adult Area Mental Health and Wellbeing Service across Victoria. Through our delivery of the PANDA Intensive Care Coordination services across Victoria, and Australia, we know that the needs of parents and their families with existing mental illness during this period are greater and more is needed to provide them with integrated and localised care and support.
By better supporting infant, child and family mental health and wellbeing we can build stronger communities in which individuals can thrive across their lifetime.
PANDA looks forward to working with our 570 Community and Clinical Champions, ensuring the voice of lived experience of mental ill health contributes to everything we do to meet the needs of our community, while delivering against these important recommendations.