VACCHO acknowledges that we live and work on Aboriginal lands. We pay our respect to Traditional Owners, Ancestors and Elders. We acknowledge First Nations peoples' continuing connection to lands, waters and skies.

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System started in March 2019 and a final Report with recommendations detailing how Victoria’s Mental Health System could be better designed is scheduled for November 2020. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has committed the Victorian State Government to accepting all recommendations in full so this is important!

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to be provided with culturally insensitive and unsafe practices, and experience racism within Victoria’s mental health system. The Commission is looking at ways to improve Victoria’s mental health system, so it’s vital that Victorian Aboriginal communities’ voices are heard.

Face-to-face Community consultations have been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions; so the Commission has decided to record stories digitally as well as focus on existing information for their final Report. As a result, VACCHO has decided to capture Communities’ experiences and thoughts about Victoria’s mental health system through two surveys and a number of face-to-face consultations. You can access more information here on VACCHO's website.
 
We need to address the system’s shortcoming so that it is stronger, safer and more effective in helping our Mob. You, or you as a carer, may have lived experience with the mental health system. It’s really important that those experiences and thoughts are captured and heard.

No identifying or personal data will be collected with this survey. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to share your experiences in greater detail, please contact Jirra Harvey on jirra@kalinya.com.au  

We really appreciate the time you’re taking to complete the survey.
 

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* 1. Do you identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person?

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* 2. Do you want to tell us your mob or Traditional Lands?

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* 3. We value the views and opinions of all Aboriginal people across the Country. However, this is a Victorian-led process and we would like to hear from Aboriginal people who live, or have recently lived in Victoria. 

Do you currently live in Victoria? Or have lived in Victoria within the last 12 months?

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* 4. Would you like to share your postcode, suburb or local government area (eg. Knox, Darebin, Banyule)?

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* 5. Have you or a family member used any type of Mental Health service in the last 12 months?

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* 6. If yes – what sort of services did you/family member use? (You can tick more than one box)

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* 7. How would you rate the support that this service provided to you/your family member?

  Outstanding Good Ok Poor Unacceptable
Local Aboriginal Co-op - case management supports, counselling, group work
Mainstream provider – case management supports, counselling, group work
Hospital treatment
Area Mental Health Service, Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)/ Child Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS)
Other (please rank other service you used)

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* 8. Is there anything that you would change to improve the care that you/your family member received?

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* 9. If you answered ‘yes’ what would you want to change? See examples below. You can tick more than one box

  Extremely important Important Neutral/Not sure Less important Not important at all
Making the appointment process easier to understand
Making the assessment process easier to understand
Understanding the referral process better
Understand treatment and supports better
More emphasis on holistic health (outside of western medical treatment)
Understand the supports that are available to help you coordinate the services you receive
Making it easier to connect services
More group and preventive strategies (mindfulness, meditation)
Increasing service providers’ capacity to provide culturally safe care

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* 10. In the last 12 months have you or family member been admitted to hospital for mental health or psychiatric needs?

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* 11. If you answered ‘yes’ to question 6, how would you rate the support you or your family member received during treatment and after discharge from hospital

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* 12. If you answered ‘yes’ to question 6, were you asked whether you identify as Aboriginal, and or referred to Aboriginal-specific services?

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* 13. Is there anything you would change to improve the support you or your family member received while receiving hospital treatment and after discharge from hospital?
(You may select more than one answer)

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* 14. What does culturally safe mental health supports look like to you?
(You may select more than one answer)

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* 15. Do you feel connected to your local Aboriginal community? 

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* 16. What makes you feel healthy, strong and well? What helps you achieve this?

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* 17. Who do you call or contact when you (or someone you care for) is starting to feel unwell mentally and/or emotionally?

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* 18. What sorts of support would help you when you (or someone you care for) is starting to feel unwell mentally and/or emotionally?
(You may select more than one answer)

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* 19. Where would you find these supports if you (or someone you care for) were feeling unwell?

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* 20. Are there any services or programs that you think are supporting community wellbeing that you would like to see expanded?  

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* 21. If services within an Aboriginal organisation could change one thing to keep Aboriginal people feeling safer when accessing mental health services, what would that look like?

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* 22. If service within a mainstream organisation could change one thing to keep Aboriginal people feeling safer when accessing mental health services, what would that look like?

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* 23. Is there anything else you would like to add?

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