Authors: Mental Health Coordinating Council
Event: 2009 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Winner
Award category: Non Government Organisation (NGO) Provided Services
Abstract: The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) established the Learning and Development Unit (LDU) in 2007 in recognition of the need for mental health specific training and other workforce development products and services to member organisations and others interested in improving their responsiveness to mental health issues. A key component of the establishment of the LDU as a Registered Training Organisation was to provide relevant professional development opportunities and qualification pathways for workers engaged in the provision of community mental health services. In the two years since its establishment the LDU has provided learning opportunities to over 600 participants across NSW and expanded training locations to include Wagga Wagga, Tamworth, Lismore, Dubbo and more recently Bourke. In response to sector need the LDU has also recently expanded training opportunities to include management training, alcohol and other drugs training and specialised training to meet the needs of non mental health community workers within the community services sector. Description of Facility/Organisation: MHCC is the peak body for community mental health organisations in New South Wales and has a membership of approximately 160 organisations. MHCC aims to: Advocate for policy development and legislative reform; ???Represent sector views to government and the broader community and health sector through consultation with consumers, carers, and other stakeholders; ???Build sector capacity through partnerships, collaboration, and workforce development; ???Facilitate change through policy initiatives and projects;????Inform the sector on strategic directions in community mental health and disseminate information;????Research, publish and report on current directions in community mental health and wider mental health and related areas; Provide accredited training in recovery oriented practice, traineeships and a range of educational products; and, ???Support and nurture its member organisations to deliver recovery oriented services and work in collaboration with consumers, carers, other organisations and the community. MHCC LDU primary funding source is the NSW Department of Health however MHCC also receives other grants from time to time. Current staff numbers in MHCC – 15; Current staff numbers in MHCC LDU – 6 LDU Funding $250,000 over 3 years commencing from 2007.