The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System (RCVMHS) final report was released in March 2021.
The RCVMHS highlighted the ongoing workforce challenges that rural and regional areas experience. These areas struggle to attract and retain mental health workforce across all disciplines.
Services are faced with ongoing workforce shortages that result in understaffing, instability and higher staffing costs due to over-reliance on agency staff. Consequently, services are restricted to delivering crisis-driven care which is detrimental to consumers, families and existing staff. It also creates a disincentive for workers to join Mental Health Services.
The focus of this initiative is RCVMHS final report Recommendation 40: Providing incentives for the mental health and wellbeing workforce in rural and regional areas.
The initiative will contribute towards addressing mental health and wellbeing workforce supply needs in rural and regional areas and establish an incentive scheme to:
- Attract mental health and wellbeing workers to rural and regional mental health and wellbeing services.
- Retain mental health and wellbeing workers in these services.
Click the button below to view available Mental Health vacancies in Victoria.
RCVMHS is supported by the Department of Health of the Victorian Government.