MHPN funding guaranteed to June 2020

08 May 2017  In the media

Funding to improve interdisciplinary mental health practice guaranteed to June 2020

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) is pleased to announce its funding has been extended by the Commonwealth Department of Health until 30 June 2020.

This funding will allow MHPN to continue to deliver its highly regarded interdisciplinary professional development programs which promote collaborative mental health care practice to mental health practitioners all over Australia. 

“Since 2008, and with a comparatively small amount of funding, MHPN has supported practitioners across the country to deliver improved services to consumers.  Continuing to fund this initiative shows that the Government believes in the benefits of interdisciplinary mental health practice, and the role it plays in the wider mental health landscape now and in the future,” said MHPN Chairman John McGrath.  

Tens of thousands of busy practitioners have participated in MHPN’s two programs: local practitioner networks and the national online professional development webinar program. This continued high-level voluntary participation by practitioners demonstrates the value they attribute to MHPN-supported activities.

General practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, and a range of other mental health practitioners attend meetings which are held locally. Network meetings discuss local mental health issues, raise awareness of local services, develop relationships, and enhance referral pathways.

Practitioners have also chosen to participate in online professional development webinars, of which 60 have been produced so far.  

This unique webinar platform gives practitioners access to national mental health experts no matter where they live.  Whether practitioners are based in cities or in remote towns, MHPN provides certified professional development for mental health professionals on a wide range of topics,” said CEO Chris Gibbs.  

MHPN would like to acknowledge and thank our member and partner organisations, and the many practitioners who support the program with their continued commitment.  MHPN looks forward to working closely with stakeholders and practitioners in the future.

MHPN is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, working with professional associations, mental health support organisations and Primary Health Networks (PHNs).
MHPN is supported by member organisations:
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Australian Psychological Society, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.
MHPN is supported by partner organisations:
Australian Association of Social Workers, Occupational Therapy Australia, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

View MHPN’s 2016 achievements page.   View a PDF version of this document.

Enquiries: Chris Gibbs on 03 8662 6601 or