COAG Mental Health - Mental Health in Tertiary Curricula

Up to 2,500 students in health related disciplines and 1,000 registered and enrolled nurses will have specialist skills and knowledge in the management and care of people with mental illness.

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Why is this important?

  • Current training programmes for health professionals provide insufficient coverage of mental health issues or lack consistency in their coverage of essential content.

Who will benefit?

  • Graduates from health courses, such as social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, doctors and registered and enrolled nurses will gain further skills and knowledge in the assessment, management and referral of people with a mental illness.
  • Doctors will get greater exposure to training in mental health in a supervised environment.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • This measure forms part of the Government’s contribution to the COAG Mental Health package, as announced on 5 April 2006.
  • Approximately $5.6 million over five years will be used to enhance the mental health skills of the newly graduating health workforce by expanding the mental health components of undergraduate health training.

What have we done in the past?

  • There has been limited mental health training in a number of health courses. There has not been an agreed core curriculum for mental health in science and medical undergraduate training programmes nationally.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This initiative will commence in 2007, with universities and stakeholders from states and territories, registration boards and peak industry groups being consulted throughout the process.

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