South Eastern Melbourne 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 are some of the networks that are active in the South Eastern Melbourne PHN area. 

For more information about active networks in South Eastern Melbourne or how to start a network, contact MHPN on 1800 209 031 or email

Rosebud MHPN

Network coordinators, Anne Boscutti and Malenka Polkowski recently organised Occupational Therapist, Sharon Gelber, to conduct a mini workshop on Sensory processing. The workshop was based on exploration using sensory tools for practitioners and within therapy to assist emotional regulation and behaviour management. Members thoroughly enjoyed the active component of the meeting. 

Frankston & Peninsula Transcultural MHPN 

Hosted by headspace Frankston and coordinated by Clare Lincoln and Jody Blythe, this network has met 25+ times since its inception in 2013.

Recent meeting topics have included: Headspace Youth Early Psychosis - Specialist support for young people at risk of developing psychosis (Nov 2017); Integrating sensory and attachment approaches in mental health presentations (Sept 2017); Mindfulness and Meditation in regards to Self-Care (Aug 2017) and Art Therapy techniques to engage and assist clients with a trauma (July 2017).

Meetings kick-off with a locally catered group supper and informal networking session, and are then followed by the formal presentation/guest speaker.

The first meeting of 2018 was held on in February and focussed on problem gambling.   

Armadale Perinatal

The pioneering network of 3 largely successful perinatal networks across Melbourne, this network is coordinated by Dr Renée Miller (Principle) psychologist at The Antenatal and Postnatal Psychology Network and Dr Michael Block, psychiatrist with the Perinatal Psychiatry Network.

With a great cross sector membership base including private and public mental heath professionals, midwifes, birth educators and doulas and local MCHN teams, this network covers a range of topics affecting antenatal and postnatal care.

Bayside South, Mentone-Chelsea MHPN 

Coordinator Kellie Edwards organised renowned Melbourne psychiatrist, George Halasz to speak on trauma at the Bayside South, Mentone-Chelsea MHPN's May meeting.  The network paid George's speaker fee with the additional funding that they received through the Psychiatrist Guest Speaker Initiative.  The network aims to meet quarterly and attracts a range of professions.  In February 2017, Psychiatrist Dr Alan Gallogly spoke about mood disorders. 

Noble Park Reflective Practice Peer Support

This network is a closed group, with 11 mental health practitioners meeting regularly.  Members include social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, youth workers and mental health nurses.

This reflective practise peer group is an opportunity for practitioners to focus on their experience, work and the practitioner-client relationship. 

Noble Park Network

The Noble Park MHPN is a small network which focuses on a variety of areas of mental health.  Meetings involve professional development with guest presentations and peer support.  A psychiatrist presented at the last meeting on ‘Suicide in Adults’.    The network improves referral pathways in the South Eastern Melbourne,and is a platform for practitioners to share knowledge about local services and resources.   

Pinelodge Clinic

About 15 mental health professionals meet at St John of God Pinelodge Clinic in Dandenong.  The network began in 2010 and has met 12 times.  A range of professionals attend including PIR Support Facilitators, psychologists, Mental Health Nurses and Pinelodge Clinic staff – chaplains and program managers. 

The group heard from a psychologist who presented Practical Application of Attachment Theory. Previous meetings discussed Psychiatry and General Hospital Medical Patients: Communication Successes and Failures with General Practice, Private Sector Psychiatry and other Services. 

The Dandenong CALD Network

This large network has a specific focus on the mental health of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  The network is aiming to foster collaborations and improve referral pathways in the Dandenong area.  A wide range of professionals who work in mental health attend this network’s meetings.  The group meets regularly to discuss case studies, listen to guest speakers and network. 

 Melbourne VAC LGBTIQ+ Mental Health Network

This network has been established in partnership with the staff at the Victorian AIDS Council.  The VAC organise the meeting agenda and host/facilitate the meetings.  Meetings feature presentations from local and state-wide services to inform and educate members across the general health and mental health sectors in LGBTIQ+ sensitive and transformative practice.  The network aims to foster collaborations and improve referral pathways between primary care and broader mental health service provisions to support the mental health of the local LGBTIQ+ community.

Cardinia Family Violence Network

This group focuses on issues of mental health, drug and alcohol abuse and how they relate to family violence. 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 Cardinia and South Eastern Melbourne.