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The Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) is an umbrella organisation that supports over 450 local networks of mental health professionals across Australia. Of these local networks, over 40% are in regional, rural and remote locations, such as Central Australia, the Kimberley and Far North Queensland.
The overall aim of the MHPN is to foster collaboration between people working in the area of mental health. This includes collaboration between general practitioners (GPs), psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists (OTs), social workers and community workers.
Participation in a local network involves attendance at network meetings. Most network meetings involve some informal networking and follow one of the following models: education, clinical review, peer support, community development, or collaboration. Network members have the ability to shape their network to meet their areas of interest.
A not-for-profit organisation, MHPN is funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Health and Ageing until June 2014. The majority of local networks were established following interdisciplinary mental health workshops held by MHPN across Australia in 2010.
Abstract adapted from Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN)
Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN)
Level 8, Emirates House
257 Collins Street
Melbourne Vic 8000
PO Box 203
Flinders Lane Vic 8009
Ph: (03) 8662 6600
Freecall: 1800 209 031