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EFFECTIVE ON THE 30TH OF JUNE 2017, ALL NEW USERS CAN NOW SELF-REGISTER VIA MHPOD WEBSITE

 

One National MHPOD


On 30 June 2017, the MHPOD state websites will be merged into a single website that allows for self-registration. This change will increase MHPOD’s reach, in addition to providing better reporting and content management.


The change requires us to merge multiple databases, as such we can’t guarantee the uniqueness of usernames between them, existing users will need to re-register on the new site.


Below is some very important information existing users need to know before the change occurs to reduce issues with registration and transferring previously earned credits.

INFORMATION FOR Existing users who re-register with their current email address.
If you register with the same email address you currently use, the system will automatically transfer any previously earned credits.

INFORMATION FOR Existing users who re-register with a different email address.
If you use a different email address, a function called ‘Find my work’ will enable you to transfer credits using your previous username and password.

We strongly suggest you record your current username and password so that the new website can automatically credit you with your past course completions when using the ‘Find my work’ function. You can check your details via the “Profile” tab after logging in.

If you don’t use your current email address or you don’t remember your previous username and password (for example you are relying on your web browser to remember these details) the new system will not be able to restore your previously earned credits.

Need further assistance? Visit our Help page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 


 

Mental Health Professional Online Development

 

Mental Health Professional Online Development MHPOD is an online learning resource that has been developed for people working in mental health. Based on the national practice standards for mental health, it draws on the evidence base for mental health care and contemporary practice wisdom.

MHPOD has been funded by all states and territories, and the Commonwealth government. It is intended to support the mental health workforce, and improve access to evidence-based educational programs. The content has been written by the Psychosocial Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, and the production and overall delivery of MHPOD has been undertaken by CADRE Design. The broad project team, like the workforce, is multidisciplinary and located throughout Australia. Quality assurance has been undertaken by an expert group including consumer and carer representatives, clinicians and academics.

There are about seventy hours of material on forty five topics, written and produced in Australia. The topics range from recovery to legislation and dual disability. All topics have strong links to the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce.

MHPOD is a great resource for all nurses working in mental health, not just beginning practitioners.

MHPOD is primarily designed for nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychiatrists and psychologists working in mental health in Australia. It is expected that other people, including consumer advocates, carer advocates, Aboriginal health workers, and other allied health workers will also find it useful.

The modules have been developed with new graduates/entrants into the mental health field in mind, but will also be useful for more experienced practitioners. An evaluation of the pilot phase of MHPOD found that it has the potential to increase the clinical knowledge, skills and confidence of clinicians from different disciplines and with varying level of experience. Over 90% of participants indicated that their knowledge had increased because of their participation in the MHPOD pilot.

 

MHPOD is free and available to nurses via their workplace or for Members of ACMHN via the members login on the College Website 

Nurses working in mental health in the public sector will have access to MHPOD through their workplace.

Each state and territory jurisdiction is responsible for implementing MHPOD in their mental health services. If you are working in a mental health service, you should contact your service's mental health educator or the local MHPOD site coordinator to access MHPOD.

Listing of your State contact can be found on the MHPOD website http://www.mhpod.gov.au/ 

If ACMHN memebers have questions about MHPOD, please call the College on 1300 667 079 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

If you would like to become a Member of ACMHN you can view Members Benefits here http://www.acmhn.org/members-area/membership-benefits and Join Up online here http://www.acmhn.org/members-area/join-now 

If you would like to sign up for MHPOD via the College, click here.

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On Thursday 26 November 2015 the Australian Government announced a structural reform package for mental health. This was in response to the National Mental Health Commission Review of Mental Health Programs and Services. The Government's response to the NMHC Review and a factsheet about the reforms can be accessed on the Department of Health website.

Under the reforms funding for a number of mental health programs, including MHNIP and ATAPS, transfers to the Primary Health Networks (PHNs) from 1 July 2016. For 2016-17 the funding for MHNIP will be quarantined and PHNs are required to commission mental health nursing services from the current network of MHNIP providers. From 2017-18 the funding will transition fully to the PHN flexible funding pool and MHNIP as it now exists will change as there will not be defined mental health programs. There is updated information on the changes to MHNIP on the Department of Health website available

The ACMHN also has a Mental Health Reform section in News/events on our website which provides a summary of the key documents regarding the mental health reforms here at updates from the ACMH and other relevant information 

Other programs such as Partners in Recovery (PIR) is transitioning to the NDIS. For further information please go to the NDIS website or the Department of Health website on PIR 

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What's new in primary mental health care?

Mental health reform and PHNs

On Thursday 26 November 2015 the Australian Government announced a structural reform package for mental health. This was in response to the National Mental Health Commission Review of Mental Health Programs and Services. The Government's response to the NMHC Review and a factsheet about the reforms can be accessed on the Department of Health website at http://health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mental-review-response.

Under the reforms funding for a number of mental health programs, including MHNIP, transfers to the Primary Health Networks (PHNs) from 1 July 2016. For 2016-17 the funding for MHNIP will be quarantined and PHNs are required to commission mental health nursing services from the current network of MHNIP providers. From 2017-18 the funding will transition fully to the PHN flexible funding pool and MHNIP as it now exists will change as there will not be defined mental health programs. There is updated information on the changes to MHNIP on the Department of Health website available at http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/work-pr-mhnip.

The ACMHN also has a Mental Health Reform section in News/events on our website which provides a summary of the key documents regarding the mental health reforms, updates from the ACMH and other relevant information http://www.acmhn.org/news-events/mental-health-reform.

 

Primary Care / Mental Health Reform - 2016-2017

The Australian Government has made a number of announcements about the future of mental health services. The College is actively engaging with the Department of Health, the Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and other key stakeholders to ensure that the voices of mental health nurses are heard in this process, and that we are involved the decisions relevant to our members. Reform is also happening across the health system in the management of chronic disease and alcohol and other drugs. We are working to involve mental health nurses in the discussions that are relevant to our role.

If you would like to see a summary of the key documents regarding mental health reform, updates from the College, and comments from other organisations, please go to our Mental Health Reform page on the website.

If you have any questions about our work on these issues please contact our Policy and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Amanda Bresnan, on 02 6285 1078 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also keep up to date by signing up to the Primary Mental Health Care Special Interest Group and eList.

 

The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program - Budget 2014-15


From the Budget Papers:
Mental Health Nurse Incentive Programme — continuation

The Government will provide $23.4 million in 2014 15 to maintain existing service levels for the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Programme which provides coordinated support for people with severe and persistent mental illness. This funding will enable mental health nurses, who are engaged by community, based general practices, private psychiatric practices and other similar organisations, to continue to provide clinically relevant services to approximately 60,000 patients.

 

Kim's comments:
The additional funding to MHNIP will allow the Program to continue to provide services at the same level as 2013-2014. The Department has sent the ACMHN a letter confirming the continued MHNIP funding, and all eligible organisations will receive a letter about 2014-15 in the near future. Click here to see the letter.

We will be requesting a meeting with Department of Health to seek further information on the management of the program over the next 12 months. We will be advocating strongly that a permanent funding allocation is made for a revitalised MHNIP through the National Mental Health Commission's Review of Mental Health Programs.

 

Letter to Kim Ryan, CEO of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, from the Department of Health

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