Mental Health Professional On-line Development for the Australian Mental Health Workforce (MHPOD)
Mental Health Professional On-line Development (MHPOD) is a Psychosocial Research Centre project in partnershp wtih Cadre, an award-winning learning design and eLearning Development Company. MHPOD has been funded by all states and territories, and the Commonwealth Government. This project has taken the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce and turned them into 120 hours of on-line curriculum for the national mental health workforce. 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. 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 representative, clinicians and academics. The project aims include supporting the mental health workforce and improving access to evidence-based educational programs. An important underpinning theme is the curriculum’s recovery-oriented stance. Learners are encouraged to reflect on their own and other’s attitudes towards people with mental illness, their family and carers with an ongoing emphasis on values and attitudes in this curriculum. Evidence-based mental health content has been transformed into engaging multimedia through the use of interactive simulations, case studies, animations, audio, video and graphics. MHPOD is delivered online and is publically available. Users register and log in to undertake topics. The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (on behalf of the participating governments) is expected to seek to update some of the MHPOD content sometime in 2019.