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Mental health network trending topics in 2020


MHPN practitioner networks cover a lot of ground with relevant, engaging meetings and high-calibre presenters. They respond to the professional development needs of local practitioners who also benefit from sector networking; information and knowledge-sharing; building a sense of community; and working together to improve patient outcomes.

We have created a snapshot of themes and meeting topics that were popular in 2020. Network members and coordinators are encouraged to use these as inspiration while planning for future meetings.

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A snapshot of interdisciplinary network meeting topics

Practitioner self-care

  • Sunshine Coast Expressive Arts Network, QLD: Expressive Arts for Mental Health - a network meeting and creative experiential learning space

  • Ulladulla Mental Health Network, NSW:
    Mindfulness and Meditation

  • Townsville Mindfulness in Mental Health:
    Mindfulness Retreat; relax, refocus and recharge at The Range

  • Central and Eastern Sydney Mental Health Network, NSW: Monthly IFS (Internal Family Systems) Peer Support


  • Northern Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network, VIC: Parenting and Borderline Personality Disorder - the Impact of Attachment-Related Trauma

  • Brisbane Youth Complex Trauma: An evidence-based perspective on the drivers of better educational outcomes for children in out-of-home care

  • Newcastle Veteran-Focussed Mental Health Network: Mental health amongst first responder teams, emergency clinicians and local communities: strength, support, and what works when seeing a practitioner

  Special events

  • Coffs Harbour Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Mental Health Network held three sessions on one big day for Mental Health Month in October:

    1. Working with Young People impacted by Trauma

    2. A Visual Perspective about Intergenerational Trauma with an Aboriginal Cultural Lens

    3. Are you aiming to come through COVID as a drunk, a chunk, a hunk, or a monk?

  • Central Coast Attachment & Developmental Trauma Mental Health Network is hosting an eight-part Master Class series about attachment and developmental trauma.

    The first four sessions were held in 2020 with the following topics:

    1. Peer Supervision and Training

    2. The Heart of Trauma

    3. The Social Neuroscience of Trauma and Healing

    4. The Neuroscience of Multiple Trauma

    Child and adolescent mental health

  • Shoalhaven Child & Adolescent Mental Health Network, NSW: The Nabu Program and the Aboriginal perspective

  • Perth Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing of Children, WA: Group discussion: supporting clients through COVID, arising challenges and reflections on self-care

  • Northern Sydney Child & Adolescent Interest Group, NSW: Early Intervention in Eating Disorders and Butterfly Foundations Youth Intensive Outpatient Program

Suicidality and suicide prevention

  • Sydney North Older Persons Mental Health Network, NSW: Suicide in Late Life: The Impact of COVID-19

  • Logan Suicide Prevention Mental Health Network, QLD: Understanding Suicidality in the Context of Culture, Migration and Settlement

  • Adelaide African, Indigenous and CALD Mental Health Network, SA: Suicide prevention and Aboriginal health

 Critical incidents – COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters

  • Townsville Mental Health Network, QLD: Supporting each other in the time of COVID-19

  • Sydney North Older Persons’ Mental Health Network, NSW: Suicide in Late Life: The Impact of COVID-19 

  • Wellington Mental Health Network, VIC: Bushfire Recovery, COVID-19 Isolation & Recovery (Transitioning Out from COVID 19) and COVID-19: Exit Strategies

  • Wheatbelt Mental Health Network and The Great Southern Network (Albany), WA: COVID-19 and the fourth wave of a pandemic: managing changes in AOD use and mental health

Pain and mental health

  • Huonville Mental Health Network /Primary Health Tasmania: The Role of Psychology in the Multidisciplinary Management of Chronic Pain

  • Newcastle Persistent Pain and Mental Health Journal Club, NSW: How support and psychological factors influence outcomes for people with chronic pain

Drugs and alcohol

  • Central Adelaide and Hills Psychosocial NDIS Communities of Practice, SA: Supporting people with AOD needs

  • Metro South Dual Diagnosis Mental Health Network, Brisbane, QLD: The role of the peer worker in AOD

Eating disorders

  • Hobart Eating Disorders Mental Health Network, TAS: Update on ED residential care facility and filling the gaps in service

  • Perth Eating Disorders Mental Health Network, WA: Centre for Clinical Interventions - Programs update reviewing CBT10, CBT Program, FBT program, Imagery Rescripting

  • Frankston & Peninsula Transcultural Mental Health Network, VIC: Eating Disorders Treatment with guest speaker Professor Richard Newton who is the Clinical Director of Peninsula Health Mental Health Service, board member at the Butterfly Foundation and an Adjunct Professor at Monash University.

Perinatal and infant mental health

  • Gold Coast Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network, QLD: Delivery of perinatal and infant mental services in the time of COVID: A peer support and networking meeting for practitioners

  • PIGLET (Perinatal and Infant Group – Liaison, Education and Training) Mental Health Network, Adelaide: Men's grief following pregnancy loss and neonatal death and ‘Reduced length of hospital stay after caesarean section’, followed by a facilitated discussion on workplaces during COVID-19 and a reading of international literature

  • Perth Complex Trauma Mental Health Network: Implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in WA

 Local service information

  • Port Hedland Mental Health Network, WA: ‘Who is Out There in Hedland?’ – a series of Lightning Talks on available services in the Mental Health/Wellbeing space

  • Morwell Adult Mental Health Network, VIC: Innovations in Mental & Physical Health and Clinical Treatments (IMPACT)



Suicidality and suicide prevention
Suicidality and suicide prevention