What is a MHPN network?
MHPN networks are interdisciplinary communities of practitioners, led by practitioners, for practitioners. Network membership is voluntary and members often include: psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, and other practitioners working within primary healthcare.
MHPN networks have traditionally been locally-based, only meeting face-to-face. As of 2020, a number of networks now meet online (via Zoom), which enables practitioners to connect whilst adhering to COVID-19 state guidelines and restrictions. MHPN also supports a number of online only networks, which enable practitioners working in either regional, rural and remote areas or those working in niche special interest areas, to participate in interdisciplinary practitioner networks across Australia.
What do networks need to do in order to qualify for support from MHPN?
MHPN provides networks with financial, adminstrative, and strategic support. In order to qualify for support from MHPN, networks must have a mental health focus and aim to:
- include three or more members from relevant disciplines
- meet a minimum of four times per year
How can I get involved in coordinating a network?
You can become involved in coordinating one or several networks by either starting a new network or coordinating one of our established networks listed here.
If you are interested in starting a new network, please fill out the New Network Application form by clicking the button below.