The Mental Health Workforce Reference Group was established in 2016 to guide and drive the initiatives of the Mental health workforce strategy, bringing together mental health workforce expertise from across a number of organisations, disciplines, and areas of mental health practice.
Mental Health Workforce Reference Group members have adopted a fresh approach to committee participation, using a combination of collaborative and individual leadership to shape initiatives that support the mental health workforce.
This leadership is reflected through the creation of ‘Ambassador’ roles where members lead initiatives aligned with their interest and expertise, and the collaboratively created mission and values that the group holds itself accountable to. Tools and resources have been developed to support embedding the values in all of the work the group is involved with.
Acknowledging what is good and embracing innovation to make a positive difference
- Courage to take risks
- Connected and reflective
- Proactive, productive and enriching
- Inclusive, transparent and responsible
- Use of diversity and enablers
Membership of the Mental Health Workforce Reference group as at 01 December 2017 is as follows:
|| Role and organisation
|Dr Rosemary Charleston (Chair)
||Manager, Western Victorian Mental Health Learning and Development Cluster
||Director of Research, Mind Australia
||Consumer workforce nominated representative
||Mental Health Nursing Officer, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victoria)
|| Assistant State Secretary, Health and Community Services Union
||Director for Workforce and Wellbeing, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
|Dr Rosemary Kelly
||Secretary, Victorian Psychologist Association Inc.
|Dr Raju Lakshmi
||Consultant Psychiatrist, Goulburn Valley Health
||Carer Academic, The Bouverie Centre
||Manager, Education and Training, VICSERV
|A/Prof Richard Newton
||Chair, Royal Australian College of Psychiatrists (Victoria)
|A/Prof Morton Rawlins
||Vice-President, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
|Consumer Academic, Centre for Psychiatric Nursing
||Family/carer workforce nominated representative
|Dr Jeff Young
||Director, The Bouverie Centre
Secretariat functions for the group are provided by the Community Services Workforce Reform team, Health and Human Services Workforce branch. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org