The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System
Room 202/203, Level 2,
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street
The Health Law and Ethics Network at Melbourne Law School presents two experts to discuss the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System
In February this year, the Victorian Government established the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. The purpose of the Commission is to deliver recommendations that improve outcomes for Victorians who experience mental illness. The Commission is currently conducting public hearings throughout Victoria with a view to preparing an interim report in November this year. The hearings will include evidence from people living with mental illness and carers, service providers and their workforce, experts and government representatives, with dedicated hearings for rural and Indigenous communities. The Commission has also conducted community consultations and received submissions from individuals and organisations with an interest in mental health on their experiences and ideas for change.
Erica Grundell, Senior Mental Health Advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services, will outline the scope, aims, approach and themes emerging from the public hearings. Matthew Carroll, President of the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal, will explore some of the complexities associated with the development of the Mental Health Tribunal’s submission to the Commission, and provide an overview of the key themes and issues raised by the Tribunal.
A light lunch will be available from 12:30 pm and presentations will commence at 12:45 pm.
Mr Matthew Carroll, President
Mr Matthew Carroll
Victorian Mental Health Review Board
Matthew was appointed President of the Victorian Mental Health Review Board and Chairperson of the Psychosurgery Review Board in 2010. Prior to this, he was the manager of the Human Rights Unit at the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission. Upon commencement of Victoria’s current Mental Health Act on 1 July 2014 Matthew became President of the Mental Health Tribunal.
Ms Erica Grundell, Senior Mental Health Adviser
Ms Erica Grundell
Senior Mental Health Adviser
Department of Health and Human Services
Erica Grundell is currently the Senior Mental Health Adviser in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Mental Health Branch. She has more than two decades of experience in legal policy and law reform across the health and mental health portfolios. Erica has taught as a senior fellow in the Law Masters Program at the University of Melbourne since 2006. Her research has focused on the intersection of health law, ethics and policy and its implications for health practitioners, including the impacts of mental health tribunals on clinical decision making.