Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)


Who is eligible for IMHA?

Anyone who is at risk of or currently subject to compulsory treatment in Victoria is eligible for assistance from IMHA. This includes people receiving treatment in an inpatient or forensic unit, or in the community. Advocates determine the level of service to be provided when a person engages with the service.

Making referrals?

People receiving compulsory treatment, or workers who wish to make a referral, can connect with IMHA advocates in the following ways:

  • see an advocate in person at outreach locations (inpatient and forensic units) by asking staff when the IMHA advocate will next be attending

Our team of advocates are located across Melbourne CBD, Geelong, Bendigo and Dandenong, and outreach across the state.

When making a referral, we will ask whether the person consents to the referral being made. If they do not consent to the referral, consent will need be obtained before IMHA can assist.

Further Information

If you would like further information you can access the IMHA website - or call our phone line and speak to one of our advocates – 1300 947 820.