The Mental Health Workforce Advisory Committee and Health Workforce Australia seek your input into the review of the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce (the Practice Standards) and development of core competencies.
The original Practice Standards – which outline the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of any member of five core disciplines (nursing, occupational therapy, psychiatry, psychology, and social work) working in mental health contexts – were developed in 2002 and are due for review. The Practice Standards revision is expected to be completed in 2012 with subsequent development of core competencies in 2013.
In order to facilitate this feedback and review process, the Department of Health (Victoria) has contracted Precision Consultancy to facilitate consultation sessions that will:
• Review the Practice Standards to ensure that the knowledge, skills and attitudes they describe meet current and emerging needs across different mental health work contexts
• Consider the current and potential application of the standards and how the content, language and terminology, and structure may need to be revised
• Discuss how the Practice Standards can best be utilised to support quality improvement in mental health services.
WHO SHOULD COME?
Anyone with a particular interest in the mental health workforce, including professionals in different mental health work roles, consumers, carers, educators, managers of mental health services, academics and human resource managers.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE CONSULTATIONS TAKE PLACE?
Sydney Fri. 5 Oct a.m. Perth Mon. 15 Oct p.m.
Sydney Fri. 5 Oct p.m. Perth Tues. 16 Oct a.m.
Brisbane Mon. 8 Oct a.m. Alice Springs Tues. 16 Oct p.m.
Brisbane Mon. 8 Oct p.m. Adelaide Thurs. 18 Oct a.m.
Melbourne Weds. 10 Oct a.m. Canberra Mon. 22 Oct p.m.
Melbourne Weds. 10 Oct p.m. Hobart Weds. 24 Oct. a.m.
Darwin Mon. 15 Oct a.m. Orange, NSW TBA
All sessions will be held in the appropriate central business districts.
You can register for the above consultation sessions online by clicking here. A discussion paper about the Practice Standards will be made available to people who register in the week before the consultations.
People will also have the opportunity to participate in the project by providing written responses to the discussion paper or completing an online survey. If you have any questions about the project please contact:
PRECISION CONSULTANCY ON (03) 9606 0118 OR INFO[at]PRECISIONCONSULTANCY.COM.AU
We are seeking questions for the upcoming Q&A forum on Tuesday 9 October 2012.
Questions can be submitted from now until to 30 September 2012 inclusive. Questions submitted after this will not be accepted.
We will let you know if your question is chosen. Web and in-person questions at the forum will be asked.
Due to time constraints the question will need to be kept brief. Preference will be given to concise questions.
We are seeking questions from a variety of areas to do with mental health, such as – stigma, access to housing and jobs, health, social inclusion, recovery, human rights, quality services, connectedness and acceptance.
Submit Your Question!
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If your question is chosen and you are coming to the forum you will need to arrive at the Ballroom of the Hobart Town Hall at 12.30pm and make yourself known at the main desk.
If you are chosen to ask your question in person at the forum – please note that there will probably be media at the forum and it is also planned for the forum to be videotaped and shown on the Flourish website.
You can download a PDF copy of the event flyer here
Flourish Mental Health Action in Our Hands Inc. provides a strong voice for mental health consumers in Tasmania. We are currently seeking to fill vacancies on our Board of Governance.
Expressions of interest are sought from people who have skills and knowledge that would contribute at a board level to the future of Flourish. Board positions are voluntary.
Expressions of interest and resume should be submitted by Friday 28 September to EO Miranda Ashby on Miranda[at]flourishtas.org.au. Please phone 62231952 for further information.
Mental health consumers are particularly encouraged to apply.
Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network (AMHOCN), reviewing the outcome measures used in Australia’s public mental health services. These measures include the consumer rated measures such as the K-10 (used in NSW, SA, NT and WA), BASIS 32 (used in ACT, VIC and TAS), the MHI 38 (used in QLD) and the SDQ (used in child and adolescent services). There are also clinician rated measures such as the HoNOS suite, the LSP and the CGAS.
AMHOCN are keen to ensure that people have sufficient opportunity to provide feedback to us on the use of the measures and the future directions through the coming decade. We have therefore developed an online survey to gain additional feedback from consumers and carers who were not able to attend the face to face consultations or for those who wish to comment further. This survey can be found at: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1000037/Measuring-Outcomes-The-Road-Ahead-Consumer-and-Carer-Survey
You may be aware of other consumers and carers who would like to comment about the current suite of outcome measures. It would therefore be appreciated if you could forward this email to those who may be interested.
The Board of the Mental Health Council of Tasmania would like to extend an invitation to meet with them over an informal lunch to discuss current issues that are impacting on the Community Mental Health Sector in Tasmania and hear about the strategic direction and current activities of the Mental Health Council.
Thursday 20 September 2012
1pm – 2pm
190 Charles St Launceston
13 September 2012
The Consumer Reference Group (CRG) has been convened to provide the MHCA with expert consumer advice on the establishment of the new organisation by developing a collaborative approach to project planning, implementation and evaluation.
The CRG met for the first time in Canberra on 30 and 31 August 2012. The communique from this meeting and profiles of CRG members are available on the project website www.mhconsumer.org.au.
The CRG is committed to fostering genuine participation in this process by people with a lived experience of mental health issues and other stakeholders across Australia. Please encourage others with an interest in mental health reform and the establishment of the new National Mental Health Consumer Organisation to register for updates via the project website www.mhconsumer.org.au.
Feedback is sought from the community about the model of care for Huntington’s Disease Service (HDS) which will provide the framework for a Tasmanian-relevant pathway for Huntington’s Disease Services.
Mental health services consumers, their cares, friends and family, as well as interested community members are invited to provide feedback on the Huntington’s Model of Care.
You can access the draft model of care from www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/mentalhealth
Comments and feedback will be received up until 24th of September 2012, and can be sent by email to sharon.turner[at]dhhs.tas.gov.au or by phone to Susan Crave on 03 6336 4382.
You are invited to a lunchtime Q & A forum where local people will talk about their vision of mental health in an ideal world and answer questions on services, access and human rights for people living with a mental illness.
ABC’s Airlie Ward will host the Q & A.
Panel members include:
Carey Denholm (AM)—Professor & Dean, UTAS & psychologist in private practice
Dr Mark Oakley-Browne—Chief Psychiatrist, Mental Health Services;
Dr Beth Mulligan, Headspace, Launceston;
as well as consumer and carer perspectives
DATE:Tuesday 9 October
TIME:12.30pm free lunch, 1.00pm for Q&A
LOCATION: Ballroom, Hobart Town Hall
Proudly supported by the Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmanian Government
and the Hobart City Council