Review of the Independent Mental Health Advocacy Service (IMHA) - Midterm Report

Maylea, C, Alvarez-Vasquez, S, Dale, M, Grey, F, Krishnan, V, Martin, J, Thomas, S and Weller, P 2018, Review of the Independent Mental Health Advocacy Service (IMHA) - Midterm Report, Global and Social Studies Centre, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia


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Title of report Review of the Independent Mental Health Advocacy Service (IMHA) - Midterm Report
Author(s) Maylea, C
Alvarez-Vasquez, S
Dale, M
Grey, F
Krishnan, V
Martin, J
Thomas, S
Weller, P
Year of publication 2018
Publisher Global and Social Studies Centre, RMIT University
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Subjects Mental Health
Social Program Evaluation
Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Abstract/Summary About the evaluation Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) is a non-legal representational mental health advocacy service run by Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). IMHA operates across Victoria, advocating with and for people who are subject to, or at risk of, compulsory treatment under the Victorian Mental Health Act 2014. IMHA was launched in August 2015 as part of reforms to the mental health sector. In 2017 VLA asked RMIT's Social and Global Studies Centre to evaluate the service in two stages, a midterm review covering the first two years of operation, and a final evaluation covering the first three years of operation. This report outlines the findings from the midterm review. IMHA is centred on realising the rights of consumers and ensuring their voices are heard. Measuring how well this has been achieved has been central to the evaluation. This evaluation employed a mixed-methods approach, combining qualitative thematic analysis of primary and secondary data with descriptive and analytic statistical data to help address the broad range of evaluation questions. The evaluation is co-produced with consumers by an evaluation team comprised of experts in mental health law and service delivery. We reviewed IMHA's documentation, local and international literature and legislation, and spoke to stakeholders including 33 consumers who had used IMHA, staff and other organisations who work with IMHA. In the final stage we will also speak with clinical staff and consumers who have not used IMHA.
Commissioning body Victoria Legal Aid
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