Statewide Mental Health and Addiction Service to be run by Turning Point

Turning Point has been appointed as Victoria’s new Statewide Specialist Service for people living with mental illness and substance use or addiction.

The State Minister for Mental Health, the Hon James Merlino MP, and Minister for Health, the Hon Martin Foley MP, announced that Turning Point, Australia’s leading addiction treatment and research centre, will run the new $13.3 million statewide service – delivering more accessible care for Victorians with co-occurring mental health and substance or addiction issues.

Monash University is pleased to see Turning Point’s leadership in guiding best practice and supporting integrated care for people with co-occurring substance use or addiction and mental illness, recognised by this appointment.

Professor Dan Lubman AM, Executive Clinical Director of Turning Point, said  “We look forward to working together with the addiction and mental health sectors as we develop and deliver a best practice, collaborative model of integrated care that builds on the strengths of both sectors, and ensures people living with co-occurring substance use or addiction and mental illness get the world class treatment and wraparound support they deserve.”

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System identified the lack of integrated care as an area that needs urgent attention. For too long people have been bounced between alcohol and other drug and mental health services in a way that negatively impacts their quality of care and health outcomes.

Professor Christina Mitchell AO, Dean of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University noted that “this appointment recognises Turning Point’s international leadership in addiction mental health.”

The Statewide Specialist Service will work toward a best practice model of integrated care for people with co-occurring substance use or addiction and mental illness, and help build the capability of clinicians within the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Services. To do this, Turning Point recognises the importance of partnering and working in collaboration with services and those with lived experience.

For more information: 

Read the Victorian Government’s press release.

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Monash University and Turning Point:

Monash University’s partnership with Turning Point and Eastern Health spans many years and continues to push the boundaries of innovative addiction-related research, clinical care, and education that translates to improved outcomes for patients, families and communities.

We seek to understand the complex challenges caused by addiction to alcohol, other drugs and gambling, and bring our combined expertise in clinical services, academic research and education.

Turning Point is a leader in the field of addiction. It has built a national and international reputation for excellence in research, clinical care and education, and has contributed significantly to areas of public policy to improve the lives of those living with addiction.  Understanding the challenges and providing solutions to alcohol, other drugs and gambling requires a whole community approach.

Monash University congratulates Turning Point on its achievements and enduring commitment to improving societal responses to addiction, and looks forward to supporting its continued growth and success.

In conjunction with the Monash Addiction Research Centre (MARC), Turning Point continues to conduct innovative research centred on evidence-based approaches that minimise the harms associated with addiction and optimise health and wellbeing. Monash University is delighted to continue its work with Turning Point to deliver a suite of Addictive Behaviours programs at Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master’s level to enable the development of specialist knowledge and skills, and to meet the growing demands of the healthcare sector.