Mental Health Professionals’ Network

About us

Since 2008, MHPN has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care to strengthen the primary health workforce by improving referral pathways and practitioner expertise through the promotion of interdisciplinary practice and collaborative care.

MHPN is unique, in that its activities purposely cross boundaries of discipline, mode of practice (private and public) and location to encourage and foster the development of interdisciplinary collaboration.

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Our purpose

Our purpose is to support and improve interdisciplinary and collaborative care practices between practitioners working in mental health service delivery in Australia.

This is achieved through the delivery of two core programs: the National Networks Program and the Online Professional Development Program, consisting of webinars and podcasts.

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Our people

The Board

The MHPN Board consists of representatives of the four member organisations and is guided by an independent Chair. The Board brings a wealth of interdisciplinary experience to their role of overseeing MHPN’s operations and governance.

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Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
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Australian Psychological Society
Australian Psychological Society
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Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
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Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
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The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
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Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

The MHPN team

MHPN’s team are enthusiastic about improving the mental health landscape in Australia. We work together to support our two flagship programs, the National Networks Program and the Online Professional Development Program.

Chief Executive Officer
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Senior Project Officer
Executive Assistant & Office Manager
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Communications & Digital Marketing Officer
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Networks Project Officer
Data and Systems Improvement Manager
Digital Producer
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Networks Project Officer
Manager, Webinar Program
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Manager, Marketing, Communications & Strategic Projects
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Program Administration Officer
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Networks Project Officer
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Manager Podcasts & Special Projects
Networks Project Officer
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Reporting, Data and Information Coordinator
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Communications & Digital Marketing Officer
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Finance Manager & Company Secretary
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Networks Project Officer
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Our Reconciliation Journey

MHPN are committed to utilising our position in the Australian mental health landscape to contribute, wherever possible, to improving the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Our impact

In the 2022-23 year, more than 30,000 attendances were recorded collectively across network meetings, webinar broadcasts and the 2023 online conference. In addition, more than 79,000 views of webinar recordings and podcast listens were noted.

All up this equates to MHPN delivering producing 73,780 hours of interdisciplinary networking and professional development activity across the year.

Member & partner organisations

Four member organisations and four partner organisations actively support MHPN and have been integral to the organisation’s success. They are respectively: Australian Psychological Society, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses; and Australian Association of Social Workers, Occupational Therapy Australia, and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

MHPN acknowledges and thanks each organisation for their continued support.

Partner with MHPN

MHPN has a proud history of partnering with a range of like-minded organisations to deliver interdisciplinary professional development, peer support and networking opportunities to practitioners across the country (and sometimes beyond!). We have recently, or are currently collaborating with Emerging Minds, Comcare, Black Rainbow, Phoenix Australia, and the National Eating Disorders Collaboration.

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The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri and the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which our office is situated. We also acknowledge Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.