The Psychiatry Workforce Development Grants (PWDG) were developed to support Victorian psychiatrists in two ways, through facilitating participation in leadership development projects (leadership stream) and the use of digital technologies to support psychiatry training and workforce development (digital stream).

The leadership development stream aims to:

  • Support retention of psychiatrists through reward and recognition of their work within public mental health.
  • Improve psychiatry leadership capability within the mental health system.
  • Assist psychiatrists to increase their capacity to train and mentor less experienced colleagues.  

Recognising the potential benefit that digital technology can bring in overcoming barriers to service delivery and workforce development such as travel and geographic isolation, the digital stream aims to support Area Mental Health Services in utilising this to support training and development, for example:

  • reducing lost productivity in travel time;
  • reducing financial cost to both individual and organisation; and
  • increasing an organisations’ and individuals’ pool of available resources to those within their geographical area which places increased pressure on existing services.

The Department of Health and Human Services would like to congratulate the successful recipients as outlined below:

Digital stream recipients 2019 – 20

Applicant
Organisation
Project
Dr Victoria Harpwood Austin Health Development of an online interactive educational resource to educate psychiatrists as to the role, purpose, functions and underpinning philosophies of the 2014 Victorian Mental Health Act (MHA).
Dr Rebecca Hope  Alfred Health Development of online resources to build the knowledge and confidence of psychiatrists and psychiatric registrars to assess clients with coexisting mental health issues and gambling harms in rural and remote Victoria and provide effective treatment via telehealth. 
Dr Raju Lakshmana Goulburn Valley Health Provision of RANZCP accredited Leadership and Management module and leadership related mentoring to Victorian regional and rural psychiatrists and stage 3 RANZCP trainees. 

Leadership stream recipients 2019 – 20

Applicant
Organisation Project
Dr Shalini Arunogiri  Turning Point  Professional development activity including training courses around leadership with additional mentoring and coaching by consumer and mental health advocacy leader. 
Dr Astha Tomar Peninsula Health  Participation in a shadowing / mentoring program with Safer Care Victoria, Mental Health Reform Victoria and National Youth Mental Health Foundation.
Dr Carol Silerberg  St Vincent’s Health  Development of best practice guidelines for the management of eating disorders in a general hospital setting. 
Dr Boipelo Egan  Barwon Health  Design and implement a program to bring broader range of clinical therapies (i.e. OT, Exercise Physiology) into the Youth Mental Health Program as part of core care. 
Dr Scott Hall  Barwon Health  Project to develop a flexible and responsive model which delivers family mental health services in a co-ordinated and sophisticated manner beyond care. Emphasis will be placed on principles common across age-specific units as well as developing age-specific care pathways.