Strategic Plan

Goal 1:  We support our members to deliver services that promote respect, opportunity and recovery for people affected by mental illness

Since 1986, we’ve played a leading role in the development and implementation of mental health policy and practice in Victoria.  We’ve done this by working closely with our members and by representing their aspirations, concerns and experiences as the community mental health sector has evolved.

We will have a similarly vital role to play over the next five years, as we participate in wide-ranging reform in the mental health sector at both state and federal levels.  We’ll be working in partnership with consumers, government, our existing and new members and other peak bodies to ensure that respect, opportunity and recovery for people affected by mental illness are hallmarks of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as it is progressively introduced across Victoria.      

We also plan to support our members to identify and promote innovative models of mental health treatment and support, sharing good practice with policy makers as part of mental health service system reform.

We know that there is a vast array of experience, skills and knowledge across our membership.  Over the next five years, our policy and research activities will harness this expertise and we’ll be busy designing workplace-training programs that equip consumers and professionals to deliver high quality services to Victorians affected by mental illness. 


Goal 2: We will continue to be a knowledgeable, respected, influential and sustainable peak body for organisations working on mental health issues in Victoria

Over the past 30 years, we’ve earned a reputation as a reliable and trusted focal point for community mental health in Victoria.  Over the next 5 years, we will continue to influence contemporary mental health policy and build and share knowledge amongst professionals and people affected by mental illness.

Our capacity to support and represent our existing members will continue to be underpinned by a sophisticated understanding of the mental health sector, its workforce and consumer experiences.  We’re also planning to expand our membership to include organisations that support people affected by mental illness including those experiencing homelessness, physical disability or drug and alcohol-related issues.   

Our passion for continuous organisational improvement and our commitment to exploring new sources of funding will sustain us as an influential and resilient peak body, responsive to the needs of our members and the people they support.