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Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work

Registrations are open for the 2017 program of the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (CHC43515), commencing in February 2017. More

Partners In Respite

The Building Capacity in Community Mental Health Family Support and Carer Respite Project, funded by the Australian Government under the Mental Health Respite Program, provided a structure to bring people and organisations together to develop new and innovative support and services for families and carers of people with a mental illness.


newparadigm is the Australian Journal on Psychosocial Rehabilitation, published three times a year by VICSERV. This journal exists to encourage discussion and information sharing on material relevant to mental health such as innovative service programs, new research and current thinking on policy and service provision. More

Learn and Build in Barwon

In September 2014 the then Department of Health provided an allocation of funds to VICSERV to ‘support transition of Barwon area Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS) consumer and services to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) through monitoring outcomes’. Caz Healy was employed to scope and undertake the project. A reference group was also established to guide the completion of the papers and to consider the recommendations arising from the work.

‘Learn and Build in Barwon’ sets out to ‘tell the story’ of the impact of the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on the provision of mental health services in the Barwon region of Victoria and to enable the Victorian Government and stakeholders to understand the implications of full-scheme roll out on the Victorian mental health service system. It deals with the experiences of consumers, carers and service providers up to February 2015.

A second paper is also available. This paper provides case studies and attempts to identify and understand the differences in service models and outcomes, by comparing NDIS clients with those receiving MHCSS services in other catchments.

Partners in Respite
Learn and Build in Barwon 2015
Learn and Build in Barwon: NDIS Case Studies
VICSERV publications