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 and Wellbeing Act 2022.
Our advocates are based in Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo and Dandenong, but support people across the whole of Victoria.
Our service is independent, free and confidential.
We are funded by the Victorian Department of Health, but operate independently of government.
We are a service delivered by Victoria Legal Aid. However, we are not a legal service.
Our consumer advisory group
A consumer advisory group ensures that consumer perspectives are central to our services.
Our team is led and staffed by professionals with backgrounds in consumer advocacy, social work and mental health service provision.
Information for services
Mental Health Service Providers can refer people to Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA). Services can:
For more information about IMHA for services, download our fact sheet or watch out video below.
Watch our video - How did IMHA come about
This video has been taken down temporarily due to update. It will be available soon.
Your rights as a client of our service
Find out more about:
- getting access to documents held by us or changing personal information that we hold about you through
- about IMHA.
You can also learn about your rights when you are on a compulsory treatment order.
Find out what is happening at Independent Mental Health Advocacy by:
Reviewed 28 August 2023