Mental health nurses embrace networking opportunities

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Kate Hoppe/Manager, Marketing, Communications & Strategic Projects
2 mins read·August 8th, 2013

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Mental health practitioners, including almost 1,000 mental health nurses have voluntarily committed over 45,000 hours to interdisciplinary professional development and networking through Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) activities in 2012/13.

Recognising the central role mental health nurses play in ensuring patient continuity of care, MHPN is keen to encourage even greater involvement in MHPN’s collaborative care forums.

MHPN promotes collaborative mental health care practices amongst a variety of practitioners involved in patient care through its two core platforms – MHPN networks and the professional online development program.

How MHPN networks benefit practitioners and patients

By providing a forum for a range of practitioners engaged in providing mental health services to get together.

MHPN networks help:

  • build relationships
  • exchange knowledge
  • share experiences.

Getting involved is easy

More than 450 networks meet regularly throughout Australia, so there’s sure to be one near you. The mental health network map to see what networks are in your area.

If no network currently exists, starting a new one is easy, particularly as you’ll be fully supported by MHPN’s project team. Call the MHPN project team on 1800 209 031 to learn more.

Online professional development that’s free and easy to access

ACMH members can access a unique series of free MHPN webinars featuring panel discussions of a case study by leading experts from a range of disciplines about current mental health issues.

Topics addressed this year include, supporting families with parental mental illness, collaborative care for complex trauma presentations, supporting people at risk of suicide, and many more.

Attending a live webinar can be an easy way to access free accredited CPD training.

Webinars are also recorded and can be viewed or downloaded for free at any time.

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