Key messages

  • Victorian mental health services are grouped into professional development clusters to provide ongoing development, education and training.
  • There are many important providers of statewide training.
  • Mental health professional online development (MHPOD) is an important online resource for professional development.

Professional development for the Victorian public mental health workforce includes learning and development clusters, education and training from a number of providers, as well as an online professional development resource.

Learning and development clusters

The Victorian mental health learning and development clusters aim to provide staff, carers and consumers within Victoria's mental health sector with ongoing professional development, education and training.

  • Western Mental Health Learning and Development Cluster
  • North-East Victoria Innovative Learning (NEVIL) Cluster
  • Latrobe Regional Health, Alfred & Monash Health Peninsula Synergy (LAMPS) Cluster

They provide a schedule of all training and professional development activities, which can be accessed on their websites.

Statewide education and training providers

There are a number of providers that deliver a range of education and training opportunities to the specialist mental health workforce and others who have a role in responding to mental health issues.

These include:

Mental Health Professional Online Development (MHPOD)

Mental Health Professional Online Development (MHPOD) is a professional development resource for Victoria's public mental health service workforce.

MHPOD is an evidence-based online learning resource with 68 topics, written and produced in Australia. The topics range from recovery to legislation and dual disability.

MHPOD content is derived from the National practice standards for the mental health workforce.

Target audience

MHPOD is designed for nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychiatrists and psychologists working in mental health in Australia.

Workers in their first two years of practice in Australian clinical mental health services will find it particularly helpful.

Other workers, including general practitioners, psychiatric service officers, people working in Mental Health Community Support Services, consumer advocates, carer advocates, Aboriginal health workers, and other allied health workers, will also find it useful.

Objectives

MHPOD aims to:

  • improve health workers' knowledge and awareness about recognising and treating mental disorders
  • support workforce development using a web-based education model that reflects the national practice standards for the mental health workforce
  • demonstrate a cross-jurisdictional approach
  • provide examples of innovative teaching and learning methods
  • improve access to evidence-based educational programs, including those working in rural and remote areas.

Accessing MHPOD

MHPOD is available to all public Victorian area mental health services. Workers can arrange access by contacting their local clinical educator or emailing mhpod@dhhs.vic.gov.au

It is also available to emergency department workers employed in public Victorian emergency departments. Access can be arranged via the local area mental health service.

Resources to support implementation

  • About mental health professional online development.
  • Logging into the learning management system.
  • Difference between the learning management system for Victoria and the National website.
  • List of mental health professional online development topics. 
  • Generating certificates of completion.
  • Mental health professional online development presentation template. 

Additional support can be found at national mental health professional online development

Other ways to access MHPOD

If you do not work for an Area Mental Health Service or an Emergency department, there are alternative ways to access MHPOD.

If you are a member of any of the following professional bodies or colleges you can access MHPOD by contacting the organisation directly, or information may be on their website.

The University of Melbourne delivers the Professional Certificate in Mental Health Practice, which builds around the themes and topics in the MHPOD. The course is structured into 13 online learning modules that are delivered over approximately 12 months. Each module is delivered online over a two-week period.

Alternatively, 10 sample topics can be access on the national MHPOD website without the need of a username and password. To access these topics, visit the national MHPOD website.

More information

The National MHPOD website contains general information, sample topics and resources for services implementing MHPOD. For more information please refer to the National MHPOD.

Each Australian jurisdiction also has its own online learning management system where registered users can access topics. See Victoria's learning management system.


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