New law and terminology defines mental illness in Victoria with significant changes to the legal framework that assesses and treats people with a mental illness. The Mental Health Tribunal is the independent statutory tribunal providing the safeguard for the making of compulsory treatment orders. The new law seeks to minimise compulsory mental health treatment and ensure that people with a mental illness are supported to make or participate in decisions about their assessment, treatment and recovery.

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Lucy Carter

Lawyer, Mental Health Legal Centre

Mental illness: Contacts

Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (Ahpra)
Victorian office:
Level 8, 111 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 1300 419 495
Web: www.ahpra.gov.au

Chief Psychiatrist
50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 9096 7571
Email: ocp@dhhs.vic.gov.au
Web: www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/key-staff/chief-psychiatrist

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)
570 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel (admin): 9093 3701
Tel (support line): 1300 947 820
Email: contact@imha.vic.gov.au
Web: www.imha.vic.gov.au

Mental Health Legal Centre
Building 152, 147 Pelham Street, Carlton Vic 3053
Tel: 9629 4422; 1800 555 887
Web: https://mhlc.org.au

Mental Health Tribunal Victoria (MHT)
Level 30, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 9032 3200; 1800 242 703
Email: mht@mht.vic.gov.au
Web: www.mht.vic.gov.au

Mental Health Victoria
Level 2, 22 Horne Street, Elsternwick Vic 3185
Tel: 9519 7000
Email: mhvic@mhvic.org.au
Web: www.mhvic.org.au

Second Psychiatric Opinion Service
Tel: 1300 503 426
Email: intake@secondopinion.org.au
Web: www.secondopinion.org.au

Victorian Health Complaints Commissioner
Level 26, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 1300 582 113
Web: https://hcc.vic.gov.au

Victorian Mental Health Complaints Commissioner
Level 26, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000 
Tel: 1800 246 054; 9032 3328
Email: help@mhcc.vic.gov.au
Web: www.mhcc.vic.gov.au

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
Building 1, 22 Aintree Street, Brunswick East Vic 3057
Tel: 9380 3900
Email: reception@vmiac.org.au
Web: www.vmiac.org.au

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