Mental Health Professional Online Development
Mental Health Professional Online Development MHPOD is an online learning resource that has been developed for people working in mental health. Based on the national practice standards for mental health, it draws on the evidence base for mental health care and contemporary practice wisdom.
MHPOD has been funded by all states and territories, and the Commonwealth government. It is intended to support the mental health workforce, and improve access to evidence-based educational programs. The content has been written by the Psychosocial Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, and the production and overall delivery of MHPOD has been undertaken 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.
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. All topics have strong links to the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce.
MHPOD is a great resource for all nurses working in mental health, not just beginning practitioners.
MHPOD is primarily designed for nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychiatrists and psychologists working in mental health in Australia. It is expected that other people, including consumer advocates, carer advocates, Aboriginal health workers, and other allied health workers will also find it useful.
The modules have been developed with new graduates/entrants into the mental health field in mind, but will also be useful for more experienced practitioners. An evaluation of the pilot phase of MHPOD found that it has the potential to increase the clinical knowledge, skills and confidence of clinicians from different disciplines and with varying level of experience. Over 90% of participants indicated that their knowledge had increased because of their participation in the MHPOD pilot.
MHPOD is free and available to nurses via their workplace or, for members, the College
Nurses working in mental health in the public sector will have access to MHPOD through their workplace. Each state and territory jurisdiction is responsible for implementing MHPOD in their mental health services. If you are working in a mental health service, you should contact your service’s mental health educator or the local MHPOD site coordinator to access MHPOD.
The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses can provide access to MHPOD for member nurses working in primary mental health care and other settings where they may not have access via their employer.
If you would like to sign up for MHPOD via the College, you need to complete the registration form available in the Members Login section of the website http://www.acmhn.org/publications-online/mhpod.html.