Public hearings are running from 2 - 26 July

The Royal Commission’s public hearings will include evidence about people’s lived experience of mental illness.

Some of the content may be distressing, and you might like to consider the supports you have around you as you watch the hearings.

Transcripts will be published on this page the day following each hearing, along with witness statements. You might prefer to read the transcripts/statements at a time and in a place that suits you.

If you are upset by the content, or if you or a loved one require support, the following services are available to support you.

If you're not in immediate danger but you need help, call Nurse-On-Call on 1300 60 60 24.

These services can also help you:

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636

For situations that are harmful or life-threatening contact emergency services immediately - Triple Zero (000).

If you are looking for a mental health service, visit this page on the Better Health Channel:

betterhealth.vic.gov.au/servicesandsupport/mental-health-services


Hearing dates and locations

Hearings will run from Tuesday 2 July until Friday 26 July. Anyone can attend and you don't need to register. The hearings will be at the Melbourne Town Hall, except for the following dates:

  • Monday 15 July, the hearings will be held in Maryborough
  • Tuesday 16 July, the hearings will be held at the Aborigines Advancement League Inc in Thornbury

The hearings will run daily between 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm. The venues will be open to the public from 9.45am daily.

All venues are accessible. If you would like to attend and have specific requirements please contact us before the hearings at contact@rcvmhs.vic.gov.au or 1800 00 11 34.

What to expect at the hearings

Read more about what to expect if you attend the hearings:
What to expect at the hearings
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Public transport disruptions

Major construction works are taking place across metropolitan and regional train networks in July. This may cause delays for people planning to travel to the Melbourne Town Hall to attend the hearings. You can read more about the disruptions on the Public Transport Victoria website.

If you're likely to be impacted by transport delays, we encourage you to watch the hearings via live stream from this website.

Hearing documents

Click on the links below to read hearing schedules, transcripts, restricted publication orders and witness statements

Weekly hearing list


Tuesday 2 July - Opening day

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Wayne Schwass - witness statement

Nicole Juniper - witness statement

Andrew Robb AO - witness statement

Daniel Bolger - witness statement


Wednesday 3 July - Stigma

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Janet Meagher AM - witness statement

Nicola Reavley - witness statement

Teresa - restricted publication order, witness statement

Dr Chris Groot - witness statement

Dr Michelle Blanchard - witness statement


Thursday 4 July - Prevention and early intervention

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Georgie Harman - witness statement

David Forbes - witness statement part 1, part 2

Melanie Hill (pseudonym) - restricted publication order, witness statement

Helen Herrman AO - witness statement


Friday 5 July - Prevention and early intervention

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Amelia Morris - witness statement

Dr Gaynor Blankley - witness statement

Shaun McClare - witness statement

Dr Ric Haslam - witness statement

Patrick McGorry AO - witness statement

Weekly hearing list


Monday 8 July - Access to and navigation of the mental health system

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Simon Stafrace - witness statement

Ruth Vine - witness statement

Erica Williams - witness statement

Dr Neil Coventry - witness statement part 1, part 2


Tuesday 9 July - Access to and navigation of the mental health system

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Dr Caroline Johnson - witness statement

Dr Sika Turner - witness statement

Gail Bradley - restricted publication order, witness statement

Janet Butler - witness statement

Dr Paul Denborough - witness statement


Wednesday 10 July - Access to and navigation of the mental health system

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Dean Stevenson - witness statement

Malcolm Hopwood - witness statement

Georgia Harraway-Jones - witness statement

Elizabeth Crowther - witness statement

Peter Ruzyla - witness statement

Ingrid Amann - witness statement


Thursday 11 July - Access to and navigation of the mental health system

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Dr Ainslie Senz - witness statement

Tracey Morgan - witness statement

Assistant Commissioner Glenn Weir - witness statement

Sally Jennings (pseudonym) - restricted publication order, witness statement

Simon Thomson - witness statement

Louise Glanville - witness statement

Vrinda Edan - witness statement


Friday 12 July - Carers and family

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Rebecca Thomas (pseudonym) - restricted publication order, witness statement

Rose Cuff - witness statement

Jesse Morgan - witness statement

Mary Pershall - witness statement

Dr Margaret Leggatt - witness statement

John Murray and Kate Dillon (pseudonyms) - restricted publication order, exclusion order



Weekly hearing list


Monday 15 July - Rural

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Terry Welch - witness statement

Al Gabb - witness statement

Trevor Thomas - restricted publication order, witness statement

Chris Thomas - restricted publication order, witness statement

Dr Ravi Bhat - witness statement part 1, part 2, part 3

Dr Alison Kennedy - witness statement

Dr Gerard Ingham - witness statement


Tuesday 16 July - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Aunty Nellie Flagg - restricted publication order, witness statement

Helen Kennedy - witness statement

Adam Burns - witness statement

Andrew Jackomos - witness statement part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8

Helen Milroy - witness statement

Tamara Lovett - restricted publication order, witness statement

Dr Graham Gee - witness statement


Wednesday 17 July - LGBTIQ+ and culturally and linguistically diverse communities

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Ro Allen - witness statement part 1, part 2, part 3

Dr Ruth McNair - witness statement

A/Prof Michelle Telfer - witness statement

Katie Larsen - witness statement

Alex Smith (pseudonym) - restricted publication order, witness statement


Thursday 18 July - LGBTIQ+ and culturally and linguistically diverse communities

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Adriana Mendoza - witness statement

George Yengi - witness statement

Kylie Scoullar - witness statement

Adwin Town - witness statement

Kali Paxinos - witness video submission

Marie Piu - restricted publication order, witness statement


Friday 19 July - Community resilience

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Greg McMahon - witness statement

Emma King - witness statement

Matiu Bush - witness statement

Jane Anderson - witness statement

Scientia Professor Helen Christensen AO - witness statement

Weekly hearing list


Monday 22 July - Suicide prevention

Daily run sheet

Transcript

Rod Jackson - witness statement

Jeremy Dwyer - witness statement

Professor Jane Pirkis - witness statement

Susan Trotter (pseudonym) - restricted publication order, witness statement

Alan Woodward - witness statement


Tuesday 23 July - Suicide prevention

Daily run sheet

Katerina Kouselas - witness statement

John McLaren - witness statement

Anne Lyon - witness statement

Louise Flynn - witness statement

A/Professor Peter Burnett - witness statement

Bruce Crossett - witness statement


Wednesday 24 July - Prioritisation and governance of mental health services

Daily run sheet

Dr Gerry Naughtin - witness statement

Dr Peggy Brown AO - witness statement

The Hon Robert Knowles AO - witness statement

Adjunct Professor David Plunkett - witness statement

Themes

Ten key themes will be explored during the month of hearings, including:

  • suicide prevention
  • stigma
  • accessing and navigating the system
  • prevention and early intervention

Issues of mental health and mental health services in rural Victoria will be considered at the hearing day in Maryborough. The Commission will consider issues specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities at the hearing day in Thornbury.

You can read the full details of the topics and key issues that will be explored.

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