Murray PHN

18 September 2018  Project progress

MHPN networks are an opportunity for mental health practitioners from different disciplines to collaborate. Research shows that networking develops practitioner relationships, improves referral pathways and outcomes for patients. 

The below networks are some of the networks that are active in the Murray PHN area. 

For more information about active networks in the Murray area or how to start a network, contact MHPN on 1800 209 031 or contactus@mhpn.org.au

Bendigo Network

Practitioners from a mix of professions attended the network's meeting in July.  Susan Lloyd presented on, ‘Neuropsychologist on ‘Mild Cognitive Impairment and mental illness’. This network is coordinated by Nerida Hyett.   

Shepparton Network

Coordinated by Emma Knapp, from Murray PHN, this group of local mental health practitioners get together regularly for network meetings at the Rural Health Academic Centre.  Practitioners travel from neighbouring towns to hear expert speakers and build collaborations. The network meetings bringing local practitioners together, to improve referral pathways and mental heath services in the area. 

Recently,  Jenny O’Connell  presented a Brief Overview of the Legacy of Trauma in Family Violence.

Echuca/Moama Network

Members of the Echuca/Moama Network provides excellent opportunities for collegial networking, peer support and professional development on a wide range of mental health topics. 

Goulburn Valley - NEW Older Persons and Mental Health Interdisciplinary Network 

MHPN’s Goulburn Valley Older Persons Network encourages local practitioners to work together, to improve outcomes for older Australians experiencing psychological disorders. 

Members include GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses, OTs and other mental health practitioners. Practitioners meet four times per year.  

Wangaratta Autism Community of Practice

With involvement from a wide section of the community, this network discusses autism and its impact on the community.  Members include psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, or any other practitioner who delivers primary mental health care.  Other local autism support groups also attend the meetings.  The network improves practitioner knowledge of services in the Wangaratta community and referral pathways.  

Autism Community of Practice - Albury/Wodonga

With involvement from a wide section of the community, this network discusses autism and the local community.  Members include; psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, or any other practitioner who delivers primary mental health care.  Other local autism support groups also attend the meetings.  The network provides excellent opportunities for collegial networking, peer support and professional development.