On 24 February 2019, Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley released the terms of reference and announced the appointment of Penny Armytage as the Chair of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System (the Commission).
We see our submission as an opportunity for young girls and women to have a much needed voice in the Commission process. In 2014, we launched our harm prevention initiative Rosie from what we saw as a clear need for a resource, free from commercial interests, that allows young women to access information to the complex range of issues faced in their everyday lives to ensure they are informed, safe and healthy.
Rosie is a website without peer in Australia which introduces us and has us in dialogue and exchange with thousands of teenage girls and young women in Victoria and across Australia every month. Through Rosie we are well placed to make a number of insightful observations about the mental health of teenage girls and young women.
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We see this submission as an opportunity for young girls and women to have a much needed voice in the Commission process.
On 21 December 2018, Maddy Crehan and Casimira Melican completed the online survey on Engage Victoria to help shape the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Mental Health-the first of its kind in Australia.
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On September 27 2018, the Trust contributed a policy submission to the Victorian Government Gender Equality Bill 2018 Discussion Paper. In our submission we have chosen to address the discussion paper questions where we believe our experience as a women’s organisation can value-add to this important discussion surrounding the intention, implementation, inclusion and evaluation of the proposed legislation.
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On the 25th of January, Isabelle Hughes, our Policy Intern, produced a policy submission in response to the proposed changes contained in the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill 2017.
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