December 2017 – eNewsletter

The VMHILN eNewsletter – December 2017

It has been a very busy couple of months for the Network, this Newsletter provides a brief update about the Network activities

Welcome to our new members
The Network would like to formally welcome our 16 new members:

Goulburn Valley

  • Kate Lawless
  • Paige Habor
  • Camuran Albanoi
  • Subhash Das

Ballarat Health Service

  • Jordan Lever
  • Anoop Raveendran Nair Lalitha
  • Paula Duffy
  • Amanda McCarthy


  • Glenda Wyatt
  • Binita Sharma
  • Carolyn Golotta
  • Michelle Shanti

St Vincent’s

  • Emma Bohmer
  • Vivien Yeo
  • Michelle Bullivant
  • Catherine Harrison

Chief Psychiatrist’s Inpatient Leave of Absence Guideline

  • Kylie Boucher and Jo Stubbs ran a workshop at the Austin to begin the re-write of the OCP Treatment Plan Guideline
  • 9 senior staff attended and had input into the guideline
  • Henrique Van-Dunem and Jo Stubbs will travel to Shepparton on the 11th December to run the same workshop at a rural service

Cross Sector Project

  • After a meeting with the Governance Committee a decision has been made about which sectors will be incorporated in this program of work
  • Mental Health Services and the AOD sector will be the main focus for this program
  • There will be opportunities for other sectors to be included depending on the projects selected
  • The literature review to help guide this work is almost complete
  • Establishment of a Cross Sector Reference Group has begun
  • A draft framework will be ready in time for the SC planning day in February

Project Management Workshop

  • Christina Katopis from Learn4Results will deliver a one day workshop on Project Management to Network members on the 27th March 2018
  • Training will be held at the HEC building, Poplar Rd, Royal Park Campus, Parkville
  • There will be a maximum of 25 places
  • Further information to follow

Steering Committee update

  • We welcome Rika Delaney as the new VMHILN Coordinator
  • Paola Cheng has resigned from Eastern Health and has stepped down as the VMHILN Deputy Coordinator
  • Dr Michael Gardner will be stepping down from his role as Communications Officer
  • The positions of Communications Officer, Deputy Communication Officer & Deputy Coordinator are all open.
  • Nominations close Wednesday 20th December.

VMIAC and MH Nurses Conference

  • Rika Delaney and Henrique Van-Dunem presented about the Network at the VMIAC conference in November
  • Jo Stubbs & Rosemary Charleston presented at the Mental Health Nurses Conference in Hobart in October
  • Both conferences raised a lot of interest about the Network and a common question has been, How do I join? People who work in area mental health services have been encouraged to talk to their service and find out who their team is and to make inquires

October Meeting

  • We had good attendance at our October meeting
  • The Mental Health Complaints Commissioner, Lynne Coulson Barr and two other members from her office, Keir Saltmarsh and Kirsty Irving attended for an interactive workshop about complaints in services
  • Their presentations can be located on our website – click here to view

Next Meeting

  • Our next meeting will be held on the 19th December at the Royal College of Surgeons.
  • Formal welcome to Cohort 4
  • Christmas celebration from 12:30 – 1pm

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