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The Mental health improvement program will work with mental health services to improve healthcare in Victorian publicly funded mental health and wellbeing services, making them safer, and more effective, appropriate and connected.

We’re working in partnership with consumers, carers, families and supporters, and the mental health and wellbeing workforce and content knowledge leaders to partner in quality improvement programs.

We are working closely with the Mental Health and Wellbeing Division, including the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist to implement new quality and safety architecture. When established, we will also work closely with the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission.

Our key priorities

  • Towards the elimination of restrictive interventions
  • Prevent gender-based violence within mental health inpatient settings
  • Support Victorian healthcare services to adopt the Zero Suicide Framework
  • Reduce compulsory treatment

Work underway

Our first large scale initiative Safety for all in mental health inpatient units commenced in November 2021.

We’re developing a range of resources and training opportunities to increase skills in and understanding of improvement science.

Keep up to date

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About the program

MHIP is supported by the Chief Mental Health Nurse, building on work already undertaken to further improve service delivery in line with our key priorities.

Hear more from our leaders about Next steps towards the future: Supporting mental health quality and safety in Victoria.

Read about the Zero Suicide Framework, which aims to improve care pathways and reduce incidences of suicidality and self-harm.
Work is underway to integrate a suite of foundational mental health frameworks and implement across Victoria.
Find out about the work being undertaken to establish a mental health learning health network
The development of a clinical supervision framework for Victoria's mental health and wellbeing nurses.
Work underway to ensure compulsory mental health treatment is only used as a last resort.
Discover what is being done to improve sexual safety in mental health settings.
Discover activities underway to keep Safewards sustainable
Find out how restrictive practices in mental health inpatient unit settings will be reduced by 20 per cent by April 2024.