Submission

Submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria's mental health system

Publisher
Indigenous women Women's health Mental health promotion Mental health Family violence Victoria
Description

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System (‘the Commission’) is a significant opportunity to make positive and long-lasting changes to the mental health system. Djirra is pleased to work closely with the Commission to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to achieve their best mental health and social and emotional wellbeing. It is an opportunity to break down barriers that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience in accessing culturally appropriate mental health support and to invest in early intervention and prevention efforts to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women now and into the future are strong in culture, strong in identity.

Key Findings:

  • Family violence not only has a devastating impact on the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women — it is a leading contributor to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child removal, homelessness, poverty, drug and alcohol misuse and incarceration.
  • The Royal Commission into Family Violence was one of the first times that the Victorian State Government listened to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women impacted by family violence. The recommendations from the Final Report, handed down in 2016, have already begun to make a significant difference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s lives through increased and much-needed investment in Djirra.
  • There needs to be embedded self-determination at every level as the foundation for improving the mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people in Victoria.
  • While working to end the imprisonment of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, immediately cease the human rights abuses currently occurring within Victorian prison system.
  • Addressing the disproportionate levels of state and interpersonal violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women must be a core component of a holistic approach to achieving social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Publication Details
Publication Year:
2019