The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System – the first Royal Commission of its kind in Australia – will make recommendations about how to best support the mental health of Victorians. The Commission’s investigations will focus on early intervention and prevention, so we need to start thinking critically about the things that help us to maintain good health and wellbeing as we age.
COTA Victoria will be making a submission to the Commission representing the voices of older Victorians. It’s crucial that our submission is informed by the lived experience of older Victorians, so now is your chance to have your say!
In early June, we’ll be holding three consultations, by teleconference, to hear your ideas about what is needed to best support people as they age. Each teleconference will explore a different broad theme:
- Social isolation and loneliness and its relationship to poor mental health
Tuesday 4 June, 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm
- Issues impacting upon the mental health and wellbeing of older men
Wednesday 5 June, 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm
- Barriers to accessing age-appropriate mental health services
Thursday 6 June, 11.00 am to 12.30 pm
To register for one or more of the teleconferences, contact our Policy Officer, Lauren Henley on (03) 9655 2140, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to participate but aren’t available for the teleconferences, get in touch and we’ll find another way to get your feedback. Remember, your voice matters and this is a unique opportunity to help influence change!