S60: Victorian Mental Health Interprofessional Leadership Network; An innovative network of leaders. Using the strength of an interprofessional network as a pathway to mental health reform.

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Authors: Jo Stubbs, Rika Delaney, Violeta Peterson, Ed Tracey, Henrique Van-Dunem

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Service Systems, Delivery, Implementation,Workforce,Change, Innovation, Reform

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Connections, a critical mass in numbers, multiple and diverse perspectives and experiences, robust debate, a common vision and significant capacity for ideas generation and sharing; these descriptors are all reflective of an interprofessional network.

In 2013, the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) funded a State-wide Interprofessional Leadership Project. This project aimed to educate and mobilise established and emerging leaders from Victorian Mental Health Services. Teams of four included staff from lived experience, nursing, allied health and medical disciplines.

Four years on and Victoria now has a newly established Victorian Interprofessional Leadership Network (VMHILN). The Network is an innovative concept, driven by evidence based research that acknowledges the importance of collaborative interprofessional leadership as a key driver for successful change.

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the project concept, design, implementation and evaluation. Services and individuals considering how to develop leadership and promote cross-pollination of ideas and resources will value the key leanings.

The presentation will also provide an overview of the Network’s current structure, workplan and plans for sustainability. You will hear firsthand experience from Network members about their own personal leadership journey through the project, their challenges and the benefits.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: The objective of this presentation is to share an innovative concept for mobilising leaders and emerging leaders in the mental health sector to be leaders in recovery orientated services.

Learning Objective 2: The mental health sector is continually responding to new challenges. The state-wide leadership network provides a powerful platform for driving inter-professional teamwork. Effective interprofessional and state-wide collaboration is essential to meet the growing demands that mental health services face.

Anonson, J., Ferguson, L., MacDonald, M., Murray, B., Fowler-Kerry, S., & Bally, J. (2009).The anatomy of interprofessional leadership: An investigation of leadership behaviours in team-base health care. Journal of Leadership Studies, 3, 17-25.
Victorian Department of Health & Human Services (2016). Victoria’s 10-year Mental Health Plan: Mental Health Workforce Strategy Retrieved from https://www.mentalhealthplan.vic.gov.au

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