Connections formed as work of new collaborative mental health centre gets underway

Last week, the faculty had the pleasure of celebrating a landmark partnership with the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing (VCCMHW).

L to R: Sarah Wilson (UoM), Christopher Turner (cohealth), Terry Laidler (Collaborative Centre), Gabriel Aleksandrs (VMIAC), Shelly Dolan (RMH), Mike McGuckin (UoM), Chris Davey (UoM/RMH), Malar Thiagarajan (UoM), Eleanor Williams (Collaborative Centre), Peter McKenzie (Tandem Carers), Bridget Hamilton (UoM), Seated: Maria Katsonis (Collaborative Centre), Lisa Brophy (Collaborative Centre), Vrinda Edan (UoM)

L-R back row: Professor Sarah Wilson (University of Melbourne), Christopher Turner (cohealth), Terry Laidler (VCCMHW), Gabriel Aleksandrs (VMIAC), Shelley Dolan (Royal Melbourne Hospital), Professor Mike McGuckin (University of Melbourne), Professor Chris Davey (University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital), Malar Thiagarajan (University of Melbourne), Eleanor Williams (VCCMHW), Peter McKenzie (Tandem Carers), Bridget Hamilton (University of Melbourne) and L-R front row: Maria Katsonis (VCCMHW), Lisa Brophy (VCCMHW), and Vrinda Edan (University of Melbourne).

Backed by a network of 18 esteemed mental health and research collaborators, we are embarking on a journey to enhance adult and older adult mental health services in Victoria.

This new partnership brings together lived experience leadership, innovative service delivery and cutting-edge mental health research.

There will be a strong focus on improving people’s experience of the mental health system by providing best-practice treatment and support, as well as listening to the voices of lived experience, their loved ones, and people who work in the sector.

Stay tuned for more updates as the we begin work on early priorities and read more about the collaboration here.

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