The Royal Commission took the preventative measure of cancelling its second and final round of public hearings in response to COVID-19. The public hearings were scheduled to commence in late-April 2020 and to run for four weeks. You can read the full statement from the Commission here.

Collection of witness statements

The Commission has continued to work with witnesses on the preparation of witness statements. While the hearings will not proceed as planned, these witness statements are formal evidence before the Commission that will inform ongoing work and the final report.

Information has been removed from some witness statements for privacy, legal and other reasons, and in some cases pseudonyms have been used.

Themes

The Commission has collected witness statements from consumers, families and carers and a range of other individuals who were due to give evidence at the hearings.

Witness statements collected in 2020 include ideas for a more contemporary and responsive mental health system based on a number of themes relevant to the Commission's Terms of Reference.

You can read a list of these themes here.

Please note that witness statements collected by the Royal Commission in 2020 largely present information in response to matters requested by the Royal Commission, except where the individual is sharing their lived experience.

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Read witness statements

Witness statements are being published progressively over the coming weeks. They are published below, alphabetically by surname. Click on a letter to show statements.

If you require any statements in an alternative accessible format, please contact us via the details on our contacts page.

A

  • Allison, Lynne (Eastern Health) - PDF
  • Alvarez-Jimenez, Professor Mario (Orygen) – PDF
  • Anderson, Julie - PDF
  • Andrews, Alice - PDF
  • Aristotle AO, Paris (Foundation House) – PDF
  • Atkinson, Dr Jo-An - PDF

B

  • Bartholomeusz, Nicole (cohealth) - PDF
  • Bateman, Rachel (pseudonym) – PDF (Restricted Publication Order – PDF)
  • Bell AM QC, Honourable Professor Kevin – PDF
  • Biondo, Sam (Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association) - PDF
  • Bonyhady AM, Professor Bruce – PDF
  • Braitberg AM, OStJ, Professor George (Royal Melbourne Hospital and Melbourne Health) – PDF
  • Brogden AM, John (Lifeline Australia) - PDF
  • Brogden AM, Lucy (National Mental Health Commission) – PDF
  • Brophy, Professor Lisa – PDF
  • Brown, Rita (Australian BPD Foundation) - PDF (Restricted Publication Order – PDF)
  • Buckingham, Bill - PDF

C

  • Callaghan, Amelia - PDF
  • Carney AO, Emeritus Professor Terry – PDF
  • Carroll, Matthew (Mental Health Tribunal) – PDF
  • Cassar, Dr Emma – PDF (Department of Justice & Community Safety)
  • Castle, Professor David – PDF
  • Cementon, Dr Enrico (NorthWestern Mental Health) – PDF
  • Cleary, Dr Kevin (Care Quality Commission) - PDF
  • Clelland, Angus (Mental Health Victoria) – PDF
  • Coghill, Professor David - PDF
  • Coleman, Leona (pseudonym) – PDF (Restricted Publication Order – PDF)
  • Cook, Karyn – PDF (Restricted Publication Order – PDF)
  • Copolov AO, Professor David - PDF
  • Corney, Richard - PDF
  • Coskun, Aynur and Hafize – PDF
  • Coulson Barr OAM, Dr Lynne (Mental Health Complaints Commissioner) – PDF
  • Coventry, Dr Neil – Part 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Croton, Gary – PDF

D

  • Davies, Erin (pseudonym) – PDF (Restricted Publication Order – PDF)
  • Daya, Indigo - PDF
  • Deacon, Dr Adam - PDF
  • Debirioun, Titan – PDF
  • Denborough, Dr Paul - PDF
  • Deveny, Elizabeth - PDF
  • Dwyer, Whitney - PDF

E

  • Eastly, Honor (pseudonym) – PDF
  • Edwards, Julie (Jesuit Social Services) - PDF
  • Elkadi, Dr Shaymaa (Forensicare) - PDF
  • Ellis, Katherine (Youth Affairs Council Victoria) – PDF

F

  • Fisher, Professor Karen – PDF
  • Freiberg AM, Emeritus Professor Arie – PDF

G

  • Gaskin, Dr Claire - PDF
  • Gooding, Dr Piers – PDF
  • Gordon, Rob – PDF
  • Grigg, Dr Margaret (Forensicare) - PDF
  • Gruenert, Dr Stefan (Odyssey House Victoria) – PDF
  • Gullery, Carolyn (Canterbury District Health Board) – PDF

H

  • Hansen, Marion - PDF
  • Harman, Georgie (Beyond Blue) – PDF
  • Harms, Professor Louise – PDF
  • Haskelberg, Dr Hila - PDF
  • Hatfield Dodds, Lin – PDF
  • Healy, Denna - PDF
  • Heazlewood, Justin - PDF
  • Hickie AM, Professor Ian - PDF
  • Hilton, Kristen (Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission) - PDF
  • Hiscock, Professor Harriet - PDF
  • Hollonds, Anne (Australian Institute of Family Studies) – PDF
  • Holmes, Douglas - PDF
  • Hosch, Tanya (AFL) - PDF
  • Humphrey, Cathy (Sacred Heart Mission and Council to Homeless Persons) – PDF

I

J

  • Jayakody, Erandathie - PDF
  • Jeffs OAM, Sandy - PDF
  • John, Emily (pseudonym)- PDF (Restricted Publication Order – PDF)
  • Jones, Matt - PDF

K

  • Kapur, Professor Shitij – PDF
  • Kelly, Peter (NorthWestern Mental Health, Melbourne Health) - PDF
  • Keppich-Arnold, Sandra (Alfred Health) – PDF
  • Kinner, Professor Stuart - PDF
  • Kowalenko, Dr Nick (Emerging Minds) – PDF
  • Kruk AO, Robyn – PDF

L

  • Lakra, Dr Vinay (NorthWestern Mental Health) – PDF
  • Lawrence, Patrick – PDF
  • Lewena, Dr Stuart – PDF
  • Little, Kim (Department of Education and Training) – PDF
  • Lockwood, Chris (MATES in Construction) – PDF
  • Lubman, Professor Daniel – PDF

M

  • Marmot, Professor Sir Michael – PDF
  • Marney, Timothy – PDF
  • Maylea, Dr Christopher (Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council) – PDF
  • McCammon, Peta (Department of Justice and Community Safety) – PDF
  • McFarlane AO, Professor Alexander – PDF
  • McGorry AO, Professor Patrick – PDF
  • Meadows, Professor Graham - PDF
  • Medson OAM, Sue (Gippsland Lakes Complete Health) – PDF
  • Miller, Dr Robyn - PDF
  • Moodie, Professor Rob – PDF
  • Moore, Dr Tim – PDF
  • Morgan, Christine (National Mental Health Commission) - PDF
  • Morrison AO & Annese, David & Lisa (Diversity Council Australia) - PDF
  • Mousaferiadis & Burgess, Tass & Kent (Star Health) – PDF
  • Moylan, Associate Professor Steven (Barwon Health) - PDF

N

  • Newman AM, Professor Louise (Royal Women’s Hospital) - PDF
  • Newton, Professor John (Peninsula Health) – PDF
  • Nicholson, Dan (Victoria Legal Aid) - PDF

O

  • Oberklaid, Professor Frank – PDF
  • Ogloff AM, Distinguished Professor James - PDF
  • O’Hagan, Mary – PDF
  • O'Hanlon, Dr Brendan (Bouverie Centre) - PDF
  • O’Loughlin AM, Mary-Ann – PDF
  • Orr AM, Mark (Flourish Australia) – PDF

P

  • Panther, Graham – PDF
  • Pearl, David - PDF
  • Peters, Dave - PDF
  • Petrakis, Dr Melissa (Tandem) - PDF
  • Pollock, Dr Sarah (Mind Australia) – PDF
  • Porter, Elizabeth (pseudonym) - PDF (Restricted Publication Order - PDF)

Q

  • Quinlan , Frank – PDF

R

  • Radford, Colin (WorkSafe Victoria) – PDF
  • Radovini, Associate Professor Alessandra - PDF
  • Rees, Professor Neil - PDF
  • Reeves, Kiba – PDF
  • Reilly, Dr John (Clinical Excellence Queensland) – PDF
  • Renwick-Lau, Dr Sara – PDF
  • Robinson , Aaron and Kristy (pseudonyms) – PDF (Restricted Publication Order – PDF)
  • Roper, Cath - PDF
  • Rosen AO, Professor Alan – PDF
  • Rowan, Jennifer - PDF
  • Ryan, Dr Christopher – PDF

S

  • Sadler, Nicole (Phoenix Australia) – PDF
  • Sifis, Eva - PDF
  • Silva, Michael (pseudonym) – PDF (Restricted Publication Order – PDF)
  • Singh AM, Professor Emeritus Bruce - PDF
  • Siskind, Associate Professor Dan - PDF
  • Smith, Jenny (Council to Homeless Persons) - PDF
  • Solomon, Shane - PDF
  • Stafrace, Associate Professor Simon - PDF
  • Sullivan, Dr Daniel – PDF
  • Sundram, Professor Suresh – PDF
  • Szirom, Dr Tricia (Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council) - PDF

T

  • Thomas OAM, Professor Robert – PDF
  • Todd, Grant (pseudonym) – PDF (Restricted Publication Order – PDF)
  • Tokhi, Dr Mariam – PDF
  • Trethowan, Jason (headspace) - PDF
  • Turner, Nathan (pseudonym) - PDF (Restricted Publication Order - PDF)

U

V

  • Vine, Dr Ruth (Forensicare) – PDF

W

  • Watts, Lynda - PDF
  • Weller, Professor Penelope – PDF
  • White, Catherine - PDF (Restricted Publication Order – PDF)
  • Williams, Sue - PDF
  • Williamson, Jim – PDF
  • Wilson, Anna (pseudonym) – PDF (Restricted Publication Order – PDF)

X

Y

Z