State & territory jurisdictional reports: Activity relating to mental health reform prior to the implementation of the Fourth National Mental Health Plan

25. Develop and commence implementation of a National Mental Health Workforce Strategy that defines standardised workforce competencies and roles in clinical, community and peer support areas

Page last updated: December 2010

Department of Health and Ageing

  • The Commonwealth is contributing to the development of a National Mental Health Workforce Strategy and Plan which is being overseen by the Mental Health Workforce Advisory Committee.

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

  • Under the National Disability Agreement, a national workforce strategy will be developed to address qualifications, training and cross sector career mapping issues and establishing the disability sector as an 'industry of choice' by the end of 2010.
  • FaHCSIA is contributing to the review of the National Mental Health Workforce Strategy through its membership of the Mental Health Standing Committee and participation in subcommittees working on workforce issues.
  • Personal Helpers and Mentors – each service provider has a team of five, including peer support workers where possible. The service guidelines define the role of each member and the required capabilities. Standardised workforce competencies for peer support workers are being developed.
  • National Disability Agreement - Under the National Disability Agreement, a national workforce strategy will be developed to address qualifications, training and cross sector career mapping issues and establishing the disability sector as an 'industry of choice' by the end of 2010.

Department of Defence

  • The ADF National Mental Health Centre will contribute to enhancing the mental health workforce. This centre will offer group based residential programs for ADF members, addressing the special needs of younger veterans and provide early intervention and treatment. Services will include outpatients programs and specialist professional training programs.