Mental Health Professional Online Development (MHPOD)

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Authors: Psychosocial Research Centre, CADRE Design Pty Ltd, Mental Health Workforce Advisory Committee, Department of Health Victoria

Year: 2012

Event: 2012 TheMHS Awards


Type of resource: TheMHS Awards

Award state: VIC

Award level: Silver

Award category: Education, Training and Workforce Development

Abstract: MHPOD is an evidence-based online learning resource primarily designed for nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychiatrists and psychologists working in mental health in Australia, based on the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce. It is expected that others, including consumer workers, carer workers, Aboriginal health workers, and other mental health workers will also find it useful. There are about seventy hours of material on forty five topics, written and produced in Australia. The topics range from recovery to legislation and dual disability. Aims of MHPOD include supporting the mental health workforce, and improving access to evidence-based educational programs. The content has been written by the Psychosocial Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, and produced by CADRE Design. The broad project team, like the workforce, is multidisciplinary and located throughout Australia. Quality assurance has been undertaken by an expert group including consumer and carer representatives, clinicians and academics Description of Facility/Organisation: The development of MHPOD was primarily a collaboration between the Psychosocial Research Centre, CADRE Design and the Mental Health Workforce Advisory Committee Secretariat. The Psychosocial Research Centre (PRC) undertakes research, training, service development and policy reform, aimed at improving outcomes for adults recovering from mental illness through psychological and social treatments and approaches. The PRC is a collaboration of the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and North Western Mental Health. The Centre also works with a broad range of community organisations to foster research and service partnerships. CADRE Design is a leading eLearning developer (originating from the University of Western Sydney) specialising in interactive visualisations and simulations. They have produced a significant amount of content for the US and Australian markets across tertiary, school, corporate and government sectors. CADRE has a core team of 17 full-time producers, instructional designers, programmers and designers who have been working together for 10 years developing innovative yet reliable and deliverable solutions. The MHWAC Secretariat supports development of the mental health workforce nationally.

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