Skills and workforce development

MHCC Clinical Placement Evaluation 2013

Client:  Mental Health Coordinating Council

This report describes recent work undertaken by the Mental Health Coordinating Council and NSW Health Education Training Institute/Sydney Interdisciplinary Training Network to explore pathways to increase and improve quality practice placements in the community managed mental health sector. Pre-professional practice placements in community sector settings are typically 'ad hoc' and there is potential for more structured placements to be scaled up nationally. Establishing relationships between higher education providers and community sector mental health services, the project explored placement options and increase professional entry practice placements opportunities in medicine; nursing; psychology; occupational therapy; social work; dietetics; and, exercise physiology. The Workplace Research Centre also conducted a pilot study to collect baseline data to enable future evaluations.