What We Heard: The Statewide Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Consultation Update

As part of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health Services recommendations, in 2022 Turning Point was appointed the Statewide Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to provide leadership, clinical services, education and training and research into the area of integrated care for co-occurring addiction and mental illness.

In collaboration with the Design Health Collab at Monash University, Turning Point undertook a process of consultation with over 40 stakeholders across the AOD and MH sectors to identify key challenges, enablers and priorities for integrated care service delivery going forward.

This presentation will provide high-level insights into what we heard during the consultation process, from people with lived and living experience, frontline clinicians and service providers; and an overview of future directions for the Statewide Service.



Shalini Arunogiri Clinical Director; Associate Professor Statewide Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Turning Point; Monash University

A/Prof Shalini Arunogiri is a clinical addiction psychiatrist. She is Clinical Director of the Victorian Statewide Centre for Addiction and Mental Health at Turning Point.
She is Chair of the RANZCP Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry, board member for the International Society of Addiction Medicine, and NHMRC Emerging Leader Fellow at Monash University.

Leah Heiss Monash Design Health Collab, Monash University

Through co-design and collaborative processes Leah has brought design to hearing loss, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health and loneliness. Leah was awarded the 2022 Australian Women in Design Award and her design work has been recognised with six Australian Good Design Awards and the CSIRO Design Innovation Award. Her work is part of the Museums Victoria and Powerhouse collections and has been exhibited internationally to audiences exceeding 700,000 people.

Credited Authors

Troy Mcgee Research Fellow Monash Design Health Collab, Monash University


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