September 2017 – eNewsletter

The VMHILP eNewsletter – September 2017

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

New Consumer Project Officer
The Network would like to welcome Henrique Van-Dunem to the position of Consumer Project Officer.
Henrique has worked in public mental health for many years and is highly regarded.
Henrique is an excellent Networker and brings a new energy to the Network and our future projects.
For more information about Henrique check out his bio here

Chief Psychiatrist’s Inpatient Leave of Absence Guideline

  • After significant consultation with the Network and working groups that derived from the Network, the Inpatient Leave of Absence Guideline has been submitted to the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist
  • This work was led by Consumer Academic, Cat Brasier and we would like to thank her for her hard work
  • Work has now commenced on the review of the Treatment Plan Guideline
  • The Network will also be involved in the development of a Clinical Standard for the first Psychiatrist Assessment of an in-patient.

Managing Up and Managing Change Workshop

  • Christina Katopis from Learn4Results delivered a one day workshop to 13 Network members on managing up and managing change
  • There was great representation from rural and metropolitan services
  • There were many suggestions that it would be valuable to have a workshop on project management.

“I found the workshop very valuable. I loved that we could choose our own work related tasks to work on during the day. Some great practical tips to take back to my work within my own service. I look forward to another training opportunity within the network”
Rika Delaney (Network Deputy Communications Coordinator)

August Network Meeting

  • There was an excellent turn out for our August Network meeting
  • Vrinda Edan (Consumer Workforce Development Officer) and Loran Downes (Carer Workforce Development Officer) presented about the peer workforce
  • Their presentation can be found here

Cohort 4

  • Cohort 4 of the VMHILP commences on the 5th October
  • The program will again be delivered by Leadership Victoria and the VMHILP Management Team
  • Cohort 4 will be made up of teams from St Vincent’s, Goulburn Valley, Peninsula and Ballarat Health Service
  • There are some very exciting projects that have been selected by the Area Mental Health Services.

Nominations for Steering Committee positions

  • In 2018 there will be opportunities to become involved as a steering committee member
  • More information will follow but it is good to start thinking about ways you can commit to leading change for recovery.

TheMHS, Sydney

  • 5 Network members travelled to Sydney to present at TheMHS . The presentation was a 20 minute paper about our Network. Special thanks to Rika Delaney (Latrobe), Violeta Peterson (Alfred), Ed Tracey (Mildura) and Henrique Van-Dunem (VMHILN) for their presentations.

“At the end of August a group of VMHILN members headed up to Sydney for the THeMHS conference. Despite the overwhelming prospect of having to present to a room full of people, our group presentation went off without a hitch, we even managed to stick to our time limit (just!). The paper presented was titled 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. The paper outlined the beginnings of the network, the perspectives of the multi-disciplinary participants and the challenges and benefits of being a part of the network. Interestingly and rather excitingly one of the questions asked by the audience from a Victorian service was ‘How do we join?’

Personally the highlights of the conference were the keynote presentations on Wednesday and Thursday. Mike Slade’s key note presentation: Making a real sustained difference-the challenge of managing innovation was so interesting, engaging and at times challenging. I don’t have quite enough time or space to explore his talk, however his stance on recovery and treatment was refreshing. Thursday’s keynote speaker Lewis Mehl-Madrona’s presentation: Two-Eyed seeing from North America: Building culturally appropriate, client based mental health services really struck a chord about the importance of inclusion and community in the recovery journey. The personal insights into his up-bring and adult life were so intriguing and enlightening, I hope to familiarise myself more with his work in the near future”
Written by Ed Tracey (Mildura)

Next Meeting

  • Our next meeting will be held on the 17th October at the Royal College of Surgeons
  • The Mental Health Complaints Commissioner, Lynne Coulson Barr will be attending and we will run a one hour workshop. Remember that you can dial into the meeting if you are unable to travel. We can send information about the workshop to you in advance so that you can participate via distance.

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