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Ballarat Network

The Ballarat Network attracts up to 15 local practitioners who meet quarterly at St John of God Hospital. Meetings focus on various areas of mental health, recent meetings included a speaker on Mindfulness, two part series on Complex grief and a webinar based group discussion on Personality Disorders and Substance Use. 

The Ballarat Perinatal/ Infant Mental Health Network is due to have their second meeting after their recent re-launch in May. The meeting on 22 October will tackle the sensitive and heartbreaking topic of working with women and couples who have suffered the loss of a baby.

Perinatal Loss: What is good bereavement care?
Guest speaker Eliza Strauss (Nurse, Midwife, Bereavement Midwife at Frances Perry House, Melbourne) will be talking about how to best support these grieving parents.

Central Grampians

MHPN was established in 2010, this network meets at the Great Western Hotel for a meal, networking, and guest presentations. Guest speakers have included a PHN representative to update on service planning and a discussion about the 'Health Justice Partnership' between Central Highlands Legal Service and Grampians Community Health.

Geelong Depression and Anxiety

The Geelong Depression and Anxiety Specific Interest Group is a large network with a specific interest focus on the treatment of depression and anxiety. This network was coordinated by Cathy Bolger since 2012 and over that time held 35 meetings. A new coordinator has since stepped into the role and will be organising upcoming meetings. 

Read our interview with the former network coordinator Cathy Bolger.

Geelong Eating Disorders

MHPN has met since 2010 with a specific focus on mental health and eating disorders. The meetings usually include guest speaker presentations and case discussions focussed on addressing local needs. Topics often include treatment, available local services to support clients and multi-disciplinary approaches to eating disorders.

Geelong Balint

This case-based network, meets monthly in Geelong. It is a small peer support group. The group examines the work that goes on within the clinician. A Balint Group is a small experiential, educational group in which participants meet to discuss difficult and intriguing cases. The focus of the group is on the emotional aspects of the case, particularly the client-practitioner relationship. 

Geelong Family Violence

Established in 2010, this network focuses on domestic violence and mental health in the Geelong area. Meetings consisted of presentations by members, invited guest speakers and local service providers, case study discussions and peer support. If you would like to help coordinate this network, email Ingrid Benge

Geelong Trauma

This newly established network was set up by a local psychologist to fill a gap in the Geelong area. The network provides a platform for professional development amongst local clinicians interested in trauma and treatment, including meeting for peer consultation, presentations from guest speakers and case discussion. They recently hosted their first meeting on TRE: Somatic Self-Care using Neurogenic Shakes & Tremors, and are meeting on Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) on 27 November. Join this network.


The Hamilton Network is coordinated by local Psychologist Lauren Campbell, who has led the network since 2011 coordinating over 20 meetings. She participated in the Improving your practice with Better Access’s new Telehealth options webinar. The group meet quarterly at a local restaurant, enjoy a meal, networking and local guest speakers.


The Warrnambool Network is coordinated by Mark Powell a local Mental Health Nurse, read about the panel discussion they held for men' s health week earlier this year. The network have been meeting since 2009 and hosted 26 meetings to date. In the past the local health services have hosted meetings and suggested topics. The network aims to foster collaboration between local practitioners and improve referral pathways in the wider region.

Inspired by what these networks are doing? Speak to your project officer to set up your next meeting today!

If you would like to join a network or find other networks around Australia visit the MHPN find a network map.