Victoria To Hold Australia's First Mental Health Royal Commission
More can be done to combat the toll of mental health, says Victorian premier Daniel Andrews who has promised a royal commission if re-elected.
The Labor leader on Wednesday said that if granted a second term of government, his administration will spend $13.2 million on the commission, with the terms of reference to be established within 100 days of the new parliament.
"We are going to have a royal commission into mental health, it will give us the answers we need, it is going to change lives, it is going to save lives," Mr Andrews told reporters, a month ahead of the November 24 election.
In broad terms, the commission would look at the cost of care, early intervention and workforce of the sector.
Speaking about the impact of mental health on the community, Mr Andrews said Victoria lost 621 lives to suicide last year.
"This year, one in five Victorians will experience mental illness," he said.
"When there are Victorians still struggling, and families still suffering, we can do more. We must do more."
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