A sustainable workforce
The Mental Health Commission offers scholarships to complete approved university and polytechnic studies in mental health. The scheme is part of the Commission's commitment to building a sustainable, highly trained and capable mental health workforce.
In 2012 scholarships were awarded to 13 nurses, 24 allied health professionals and 18 support workers.
- 19 were from country areas
- 22 were to VET courses
- 25 have a lived experience of mental illness
- 17 from the non-government sector
- Two from private hospitals.
Scholarship were available to those who currently work in mental health in either government or non-government organisations. A portion of the scholarships are provided to individuals with a lived experience of mental illness who are interested in undertaking studies in mental health.
Selection was based on criteria including demonstrated interest and experience in working in the mental health field.
Previously only offered for postgraduate studies, in 2012 scholarships were awarded for registered training organisation studies and vocational education and learning centre studies to broaden the level of expertise into support roles and help alleviate the shortage of mental health workers in WA.
For more information contact Moya Fisher on 6272 1200.
Below are some examples of courses available.
Curtin University: Master of Mental Health
Edith Cowan University: Grad Cert in Rural and Remote Mental Health
Notre Dame University: Grad Cert in Acute Mental Health
Notre Dame University: Grad Cert in Mental Health Counselling
UWA: Grad Cert in Mental Health Practice
AdvDip West Coast Institute (PDF 288KB)
Other initiatives that address attraction, retention, professional development and training of mental health workers include:
- supporting the training and development of workers in governmernt agencies and community sector organisations in relation to person centred approaches, building connections and facilitating prevention, early intervention and recovery
- adopting a holistic approach to workforce development that results in increased mental health workforce recruitment, retention and job satisfaction
- investment in scholarships and training positions in areas of workforce shortages in mental health
- involving individuals and consumer and carer organisations in the assessment, planning, delivery and review of services
- peer support and mentoring as an accepted and valued part of mental health support and services
- increased participation of Aboriginal people
- a workforce that is responsive to the diversity and complexity of WA.