Child mental health community of practice (pilot)
March 2021 to October 2021
North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN), Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) have partnered to co-design, implement and evaluate a community of practice (CoP) for child mental health.
The CoP aims to improve the skills of community clinicians (GPs, paediatricians and mental health clinicians) in infant, child and adolescent mental health in our region. The CoP includes a particular focus on the new HeadtoHelp mental health hubs in our region:
- Northern hub: operated by DPV Health in Broadmeadows.
- Western hub: operated by IPC Health in Wyndham Vale.
- Central hub: operated by Clarity Health Care in Brunswick East.
Through a telementoring model, the CoP aims to improve the capacity of primary and secondary care clinicians to identify and manage infant, child and adolescent mental health presentations.
MCRI will evaluate the CoP to understand whether the expected outcomes (below) have been achieved.
The project is supported by the Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (West Division).
The expected outcomes of this activity are to:
- improve the capacity of clinicians working in primary and secondary care settings to identify and manage infant, child and adolescent mental health presentations. In turn, this is intended to:
- reduce pressure on specialist services
- support earlier access to treatment and care for children.