Each Network requires a practitioner to volunteer to take on the role of Network Coordinator. With administrative, financial, and strategic support provided from an MHPN Project Officer, Network Coordinators lead their Network in making decisions about the Network’s focus and individual meetings.
By taking on this role, the Coordinator enables practitioners in their local area or field of practice to access tailored professional development and peer support that contribute to enhancing collaborative care in Australia.
Practitioners can become a Network Coordinator by applying to start a new network from scratch, or by taking over coordinating an existing network that has a vacancy.
MHPN’s Network support is funded by the Australian Federal Government, and all networks are therefore required to meet the below criteria to access MHPN’s administrative, financial, and strategic support.
MHPN Networks must:
When applying to start a network, MHPN Project Officers will review existing Networks in the area and/or mental health field of focus to determine if a new Network can be established.
Practitioners with a professional interest in mental health, with skills in leading and facilitating groups are encouraged to consider becoming Coordinators.
The responsibility of coordination doesn’t need to sit with one person. The Coordination role can also be covered in the following ways:
With the support of an MHPN Project Officer, Network Coordinators are responsible for:
MHPN’s Network team is dedicated to supporting our volunteer Network Coordinators. Each Coordinator will work closely with their designated MHPN Project Officer to support the network and arrange meetings.
MHPN provides networks with a modest amount of funding to pay for pre-approved costs associated with holding meetings. The amount of funding varies depending on whether the meeting is online or face-to-face, the location and the number of expected attendees.
Administrative and marketing support
The network’s designated Project Officer, in conjunction with our administration team, undertakes tasks such as:
Resources and Tools
MHPN has developed tools and resources that can help grow and develop networks. These can be found in the Coordinator Hub. We also have a dedicated meeting inspiration page to help Coordinators with ideas for their network.
Project Officers, where needed, can also provide advice on meeting topics, guest speakers and member engagement. Additionally, MHPN send Coordinator Connect, a quarterly e-newsletter to keep you up-to-date with network news, trending meeting topics, tips about coordinating and other MHPN activities.
MHPN offer Network Coordinators membership to an exclusive MHPN network with opportunities to meet fellow Coordinators all over Australia and access exclusive professional development and self-care events. Current Coordinators, ask your Project Officer for more information on joining!