MHPN virtual networks connect rural practitioners

People working in primary mental health care in rural and remote locations now have greater opportunities for peer support and professional development through online technology.

The Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) has established and now supports 450 interdisciplinary community mental health networks across Australia. These locally driven networks aim to improve consumer outcomes by promoting collaborative practice amongst clinicians.

While networks predominantly meet face to face, this can exclude clinicians who are most isolated and would value increased interaction with other clinicians. MHPN aims to expand the reach of networks to Australia’s more remote clinicians with the use of online technology such as videoconferencing and webconferencing platforms.

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