In 2014 the Victorian DHHS invested considerable resources into the implementation of the VMHIL Project. Area Mental Health Services nominated teams of four individuals; one each from Nursing, Allied Health, Lived Experience and Medical, to form an interprofessional leadership team.
These newly established teams participated in a specifically designed leadership program that focused on developing collaborative leadership. All three cohorts finished the program in 2016, and have since developed into a Network of interprofessional leaders across Victoria.
Network members recognise that their commitment to, and involvement in, this initiative can provide them with unique experiences that support, develop and connect them as mental health leaders. There are significant advantages in being a member, and thus being in a position to collectively shape mental health service delivery.
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Steering Committee Members
Rika started working at Latrobe Regional Hospital (LRH) in September 2014 as a Recovery Coach / Consumer Consultant sitting under the Mental Health Professional Development Unit.
As of 1st July 2017 Rika now sits under the Special and Therapeutic Program, where she trains clinicians and is the Coordinator for the LRH’s recovery model – the Optimal Health Program (OHP).
Dr Subhash Chandra Das currently works at Goulburn Valley Area Mental Health Service as a Consultant Psychiatrist.
He works in a multidisciplinary team and has a strong interest in continuity of care. He has been involved with the consumer and carer committee of GV Health, which has helped him to better understand patient focused therapy.
Subhash is actively involved with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist (RANZCP) in the Policy and Protocol Committee and the Clinical Governance Risk Committee.
Catherine Harrison is an occupational therapist by trade and has recently taken on the role of Senior Clinician in the Complex Care program for St Vincent’s Mental Health.
After starting her work life in a medium secure forensic setting for the National Health Service UK, Catherine decided to experience life, work and the food of Melbourne.
Prior to her career at St Vincent’s, Catherine developed valuable experience working with females with severe mental illness at Forensicare, sparking an interest in trauma informed practice.
Emma is an Occupational Therapist in a Secure Extended Care Unit (AMHRU) at North West Mental Health. Emma has been working in mental health for 10 years, across adult youth and aged acute, community and inpatient services. She is passionate about leading recovery oriented initiatives in mental health service provision, and has a particular interest in sensory modulation, trauma informed care, and group work.
Paige has worked at Goulburn Valley Area Mental Health Service for 5 years. Currently she is a case manager for the Aged Psychiatric Assessment and Treatment Team. Paige is passionate about recovery focused care in mental health and providing hope to consumers. Paige enjoys working collaboratively and has an interest in service development at a documentation and policy/procedure level.
Deputy Communications Officer
Michelle has worked at Peninsula Health Mental Health Service since 2014, as the Consumer Consultant. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science (with a major in Disabilities) from Deakin University. Michelle is passionate about providing education and increasing community awareness about mental health, diversity and equality to communities, clients, carers/families, clinical/medical students and clinicians. She is also passionate about providing individual and group advocacy.
Jo has worked in public mental health for 14 years. She has worked in a variety of settings and more recently has held the role of Mental Health Tribunal Clinical Coordinator at NWAMHS.
Jo also has significant experience in clinical coordination roles and project management. She was originally a member of the VMHIL Network from Cohort one.
She has been in the role of Project Manager since December 2016.
Manager, Western Cluster
Robert is a mental health nurse and psychotherapist whose early career included work in psycho-dynamically oriented inpatient, community and NGO settings in New Zealand.
He moved to Victoria in 2001 and worked for Spectrum in a variety of clinical and leadership roles and later, with the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing, University of Melbourne.
Robert now manages the Western Victorian Mental Health Learning and Development Cluster.
He is interested in how nurse delivered psychotherapy contributes to consumers’ personal recovery journeys.
Consumer Project Officer
Over the last five years Henrique has been involved in the Advanced Clinicians Training in Dual Diagnosis and Recovery.
Henrique has a Diploma of Community Development from RMIT University and is highly regarded as a senior consumer worker with experience in developing and delivering training to consumers, carers and clinicians. Henrique has been involved in several committees and panels for VMIAC, Melbourne Health, Victorian Transcultural Mental Health, Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission and NEAMI National.
Amanda Pattie is the Administration Officer for both Western Cluster and the VMHILN.
Amanda commenced work with the VMHILN in July 2018.
She originally comes from a background in hospitality. Since starting work with the VMHILN and Western Cluster she has learnt a lot about mental health services.
Amanda assists with day to day administration and is the go-to person in the office.
The Network structures ensure that all partners have an opportunity to influence and shape the work activities and direction of our group. Developing the Network work plan is a collaborative process that engages all members. We also have a strong and productive relationship with the DHHS as the funding body.