Client: The Australian Psychological Society

Development of an integrated multidisciplinary training package for mental health professionals

Project timeline: July 2007– December 2007

Brief description:

To develop, in collaboration with the Mental Health Professionals’ Association, a National integrated multidisciplinary education and training package for mental health professionals to support collaborative care in delivery of primary mental health care


The Mental Health Interdisciplinary Networks (MHIN) project brings together the four main mental health professional organisations in a collective partnership the Mental Health Professionals’ Association (MHPA):

  • The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)

  • The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

  • the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

  • the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) in a collective partnership

The training package was:

  • Developed to support key professional groups in the use of the new MBS item numbers in an appropriate, effective and efficient manner, and 

  • To provide opportunities to network and support collaborative care between general practitioner, psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, paediatricians, social workers and occupational therapists

  • Based on sound educational methodology and adult learning principles, including concepts and practice of interactive participatory learning, the real life application of acquired learning and the utilisation of case material

  • Have a multidisciplinary focus and meet the needs all professional groups

  • Included a participant and facilitators manual and support material