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See below for a summary of some of the amazing work these leadership teams are driving!

Leadership Team  Practice Issue
Inner West Area Mental Health Service The Inner west leadership team aims to review, improve and develop further guidelines for the planning of collaborative support for consumers from relevant services when discharging from clinical services.

More specifically this leadership team will focus on the level of planned support for consumers in transition to Primary Health Care providers and MHCSS. The overall goal is to improve the planning and implementation of support and consultation to carers, consumers, GP’s and MHCSS well before discharge from clinical services.


MidWest Area Mental Health Service This leadership team’s practice change Initiative will focus on instilling hope through self-determination.

This practice change initiative considers that client and family members capacity to be in control of their recovery journey (self-determination) is a primary requirement to achieve the remaining recovery-oriented domains, ultimately creating a culture of hope for the person living with a mental illness, their family members, significant others and clinicians involved in providing care.

The Leadership team will be charged with assessing the existing commitment to a culture of hope and self-determination within the service, guided by State and National Recovery Guidelines and how such a culture is operationalised by identifiable behavioural and systematic indicators. 


North East Border Mental Health Service This leadership team will focus on further development, application and evaluation of a consistent approach to recovery and supported decision making.

The service has only been partially successful in implementation of use of Recovery Star as a clinical tool for engaging and working with consumers. The intention is to further explore clinical tools, consistent training and roll out of policies, guidelines and measurement of outcomes in relation to Recovery and supported decision making.


Ramsay Mental Health  A recent review within this Service highlighted a number of factors unique to the inpatient unit, including environmental design of the HDU/seclusion areas and the limitations of the staffing profile to at times provide care that is not always least restrictive. The review findings were multi- layered, with some of the findings, such as the design and staffing profile, beyond the scope of this leadership program. However, there are two issues identified from this review that are appropriate and would be of significant benefit to the service, and to consumers/carers and their families accessing the service that require inpatient care.

This leadership team aims to explore alternative staffing structures and procedures within the ward including the medical staffing structure.  It is expected that the leadership team members would be cognisant of the flow between community and inpatient unit when considering the practice change and that the change be in keeping with the philosophies of recovery orientated practice.

Bendigo Mental Health Responsive information systems enable double feedback loops to be built into practice, culture, team development, service planning and quality initiatives. Education, professional development and training opportunities can be targeted more effectively as result of accurate data analysis.  Ensuring that our data collection system measures the service performance in the key fields of recovery oriented practice is critical.

This leadership team will focus on reviewing current information and data collection systems to strengthen reporting of outcomes. Measurement of key fields of recovery oriented practice is an important element in transforming mental health systems. Accurate reporting of outcomes informs service planning, review and development.

Austin Mental Health  At the Austin, the leadership team’s practice challenge will be centred on enhancing recovery-orientated practice through stronger consumer and carer partnership in treatment planning.

Significant progress has been made with consumer engagement in conjoint planning of treatment, preferences and overall goals, together with a wider choice of treatment settings. This practice change initiative will consider developing co-designed tools to assist consumers and their carers to more actively participate in recovery planning, clinical review processes and transition/discharge planning.

South West Health Care South West Healthcare is currently planning service development in recovery orientated practice and associated workforce education and systems. The leadership team will focus heavily on implementation and sustainability for this initiative.
Recovery orientated practice supports culture and practice change and will strengthen the services current attention on review of the strategic plan.  Routine Outcome Measurement using the Outcome Rating Scale (ORS) and Session Rating Scale (SRS) as a method for providing clinicians, clients and families with a driver for recovery orientation, is being investigated for feasibility within South West Healthcare. 

Recent Events:


The second cohort of Leadership Teams formally graduated from the Program on 7th March 2016. Here is a picture of them celebrating their success:

VMHILP Program 2

Program 2 commenced:
The next 6 Interprofessional Leadership Teams commenced their Leadership Program on 21st October 2015.  The teams from Eastern Health, Barwon Health, Mercy Mental Health, the Royal Children’s Hospital and Gippsland Mental Health began their four-day Program with Leadership Victoria from October to December 2015. 

See below for a summary of some of the amazing work these leadership teams are driving!

Leadership Team Practice Issue
Eastern Health (Outer East)

The Eastern Mental Health Program (MHP) committed to going tobacco free for all sites and services from July 1 2015, and has already completed a planning phase for this change.  A number of implementation steps have been identified.  Underpinning the proposal for Tobacco Free services is our desire to continue the implementation of the National Recovery Framework.

The Outer East leadership team are leading  a collaborative approach to implementing a smoke free service at Eastern Health Mental Health Program.


Eastern Health (Central East)

Risk management implies that clinicians bear the weight of responsibility for the safety of individuals in their care. The term “safety”, on the other hand, encourages a positive focus on person centred care, and implies collaboration and shared responsibility for the outcomes between the individual and clinician. A safety framework represents a good ‘fit’ philosophically and practically with the Recovery framework and principles underpinning National Policy and Victoria’s Mental Health Act (2014).

The Central East Leadership Team are focusing on Collaborative Risk Assessment in the Mental Health Program; promoting the co-design of tools with a focus on safety planning in line with the recovery model.

Barwon Health Although the lived experience workforce has existed within health for over two decades the integration of the ‘lived experience’ discipline as a critical profession within the health system remains challenging.

Barwon Health’s leadership team aims to prepare the existing Mental Health workforce for the integration of the new and emerging ‘lived experience’ discipline. The overall goal is to prepare and empower the professional workforce to value and respect all disciplines across our service.

Royal Children’s Hospital 

The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) leadership team will lead practice change regarding the RCH Mental Health Competencies initiative. This focus takes the current clinical Competencies Framework (2010) and updates it for contemporary recovery-oriented practice. The aims are to establish the framework for workforce development, to benchmark competencies with other CAMHS services, and to identify opportunities for shared training.


Gippsland - Latrobe Regional Hospital The Gippsland Mental Health leadership team  are focusing on further implementation and sustainability of the ‘Optimal Health program (OHP): A Recovery Tool for Practice’.

One of the key factors to success will be the sustainability of the practice development groups and the integration of OHP into clinical review processes. The selected leadership team will use their combined skills and capability to work on this challenge at the broader service level.

Mercy Mental Health  The Mercy Mental Health leadership team is seeking to review its current service delivery model to better embed a recovery orientated approach. A major component of this commitment is to establish two fully integrated community mental health teams.

To improve service delivery and outcomes for consumers, the integrated teams will include Recovery Clinicians and Acute Community Intervention (ACI) Clinicians. The team will focus on the role of the Recovery Clinician, who will lead these integrated teams in order to better align with and embed recovery orientated practice and the ongoing implementation of the MHA 2014.


Graduation day: Friday 28th August 2015

Formal Graduation for participants of the first program. The first five Leadership Teams have formally graduated!

VMHILP graduation

Official Program Launch
29th July 2015 - Treacy Centre, Parkville, VIC 3052

Program 1 Commenced
25th June 2015

The first five Interprofessional Leadership Teams commenced their Leadership Program on Thursday 25th June 2015.  Teams from two Area Mental Health Services, Orygen Youth Health, Alfred Psychiatry, and Forensicare began their four-day Program with Leadership Victoria. As a component of their Program they have identified a Service specific, Recovery focused practice issue to work on within their own Mental Health Service (MHS). See below for a summary of some of the amazing work these leadership teams are doing.

Leadership Team

Program 1 Practice Areas

Northern Area MHS Creating a youth friendly recovery oriented response to young people and their families at the Northern Psychiatry Unit and back into the community – re-embedding our Youth oriented services within the broader framework of our redesigned clinical services.
North West Area MHS  Completing an in-depth review of our clinical review process for our three community teams; Broadmeadows, Coburg & Brunswick. We plan to review the quantity of clinical reviews conducted, but more importantly we plan to review and improve the quality of our clinical reviews. Our team will look at the way our Recovery and Wellness Plans are completed and the degree of collaboration involved.
Alfred Psychiatry  Focusing on improving the identification and provision of support to parents who have a mental illness and their families which includes partners and children. To achieve this, work will be conducted to strengthen the integration of care and care pathways between The Alfred’s adult and child and youth programs for adult clients with children, and for the parents of clients presenting to the Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) who themselves have a mental illness.
Forensicare Seeking to develop a collaborative service delivery model on a foundation of contemporary best practice for addressing risk within a recovery orientated framework. It is intended that such a service model would allow Forensicare to work intensively in partnership with the Specialist Mental Health Services, the consumer and their nominated carer and/or family to move towards recovery.
Orygen Youth Health  Prioritising and implementing the changes in clinical practice described in the Physical Health Action Plan will be the focus of the OYH leadership team. Embedding a focus on physical health within all aspects of the program will require effective leadership, mentoring, professional development, establishment and monitoring of comprehensive metabolic monitoring processes, marketing strategies and resources for clients and families.



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