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Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System – Jul 2019

Our submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System highlights the role of discrimination as both a driver and a consequence of mental illness.

About the submission

We called for the Royal Commission and the Victorian Government to prioritise addressing and alleviating discrimination, stigma and their root causes in all aspects of the mental health system.

Outlining the the importance of human rights law in the delivery of mental health and related services, we also recommended strengthening the human rights legal framework to better safeguard the rights of people with mental illness in Victoria.

A number of our recommendations are to better protect the rights of particular groups at increased risk of mental illness and/or mistreatment, including Aboriginal people, women, transgender and non-binary people, and people in closed environments who are deprived of their liberty.

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