Perth South PHN

19 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 some of the networks that are active in the Perth PHN area. 

For more information about active networks in the Perth area or how to start a network, contact MHPN on 1800 209 031 or

Perth Complex Trauma

The Perth Complex Trauma network is once again holding their annual workshop meeting. This year they have Professor Martin Dorahy presenting on The Psychology of Shame in the Therapy for Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders. Professor Dorahy is a clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prof Dorahy will focus on the therapeutic encounter when working with those with Complex Trauma manifestations and will draw from the therapeutic literature, the theoretical literature, and research findings.

Fremantle Network

This network has met since 2009 and the current coordinator Katie Thomas has been organising it since 2011. The network has speakers along to discuss various areas of mental health, as well as occasional peer-support/self-care sessions.

Rockingham/Kwinana Network

Carlene Brown from Anglicare coordinates the Rockingham/Kwinana network.  The group is continuing diverse networking, peer support, and professional development opportunities that the network provides to local clinicians.  The meetings bring Rockingham/Kwinana practitioners together, which improves referral pathways and mental health services in the region.  

Gosnells MHPN 

This network was established in mid-2010, has had 22 meetings since that time and attracted up to 12 practitioners. Recently, the network has met on topics such as the NDIS, case discussions, and local service overviews. The network has been coordinated by local psychologist Dr Valerie Van Loggerenberg since its inception.   

South Perth Network

Health practitioners from South Perth meet at the group’s coordinators house for case discussions and presentations.  The meetings provide excellent opportunities for collegial networking, peer support and professional development on a wide range of topics.  The network is well-connected and works closely with local services providers in South Perth.