About us

About us

We support people who are receiving, or at risk of receiving, compulsory mental health treatment to make decisions and have as much say as possible about their assessment, treatment and recovery.

Our service is an integral component in realising the reforms and vision of the Mental Health Act 2014.

Our advocates are based in Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo and Dandenong, but support people across Victoria.

Our service is independent, free and confidential.

Read more about the Mental Health Act and our approach to advocacy.

Our funding

We are funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, but operate independently of government.

We are a service delivered by Victoria Legal Aid. However we are not a legal service.

Read more about our relationship with Victoria Legal Aid.

Our consumer advisory group

A consumer advisory group ensures that consumer perspectives are central to our services.

Read more about Speaking from Experience.

Our people

Our team is led and staffed by professionals with backgrounds in consumer advocacy, social work and mental health service provision.

Find out more about our people.

Your rights as a client of our service

Find out more about:

You can also learn about your rights when you are on a compulsory treatment order.

Contact us

Find out how to contact us if you have a general enquiry or feedback.

Keep informed

Find out what is happening at Independent Mental Health Advocacy by: