The Community Mental Health Workforce Strategy is a joint initiative of the Workforce Council and the Queensland Alliance to develop and implement a workforce strategy for the NGO Community Mental Health sector in Queensland.

What is the Community Mental Health Workforce Strategy?

 

The Community Mental Health Workforce Strategy is a joint initiative of the Workforce Council and Queensland Alliance, funded by the Queensland Government through Skills Queensland. The Strategy aims to support workforce growth and development of community-managed, NGO Mental Health Sector to meet the needs of Queensland communities into the future.  A key aspect of the Workforce Strategy is to facilitate collaboration between key stakeholders and players in the workforce ecosystem.  This includes service providers, government agencies, education and training providers, unions, professional associations, related sectors and communities.

 

This two-year project commencing late April 2010 has facilitated strategic engagement to identify and implement workforce solutions, complementing existing workforce initiatives implemented under the Queensland Compact and the Community Services Skilling Plan.The project is strategically aligned to a number of State and Federal Government policies that will shape investment in workforce and skills development over the next 5 - 10 years (see attachment 1), and the Workforce Strategy is identified as vehicle to implement  strategies of the Supporting Recovery: Mental Health Community Services Plan 2011-2017 for a valued workforce (Priority 3.6):

Strategy 11 - Improve workforce recruitment and retention

Strategy 12 - Enhance workforce skills and knowledge

The Action plan realised at the Workforce Summit in September 2010 is being implemented under the guidance of Industry Leaders Workgroups assembled from key players in sector, education and training, and government. Key outcomes of the Action Plan are:

  • Sector-wide consensus on a defined ethos for the Sector, and support for the development of visionary leaders
  • Assessment of the knowledge and skills required to competently practice in the workforce roles while recognising the high level of task range, expertise and autonomy required, and subsequent action to address these in a holistic, strategic manner
  • The Sector is an attractive career option, supports a culture of professional development, and retains a dedicated and experienced workforce
  • The Sector is acknowledged as a leader and partner in the delivery of recovery-focused services.

How do I get involved?

By participating and sharing your experiences, you will ensure the strategy and the action plan respond to the issues that affect you. 

The Workforce Strategy is hosting a forum on Monday 23 April, for details please see discussion forum.

To get involved or to learn more about the strategy please contact the project's Workforce Consultant Diego Rodriguez on 3234 1696 or drodriguez@workforce.org.au. 

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