Centre for Mental Health Learning VICTORIA

Online opportunities from your
statewide training providers

In this newsletter:
Victoria has over 15 mental health "statewide training providers, organisations and agencies that receive DHHS funding to provide workforce development for the mental health workforce. You can find all of these listed on our "Our purpose" page. This newsletter highlights a few of these providers and the work they are doing to engage virtually with the workforce.

Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH)

During Covid-19, VTMH have embraced zoom and moved a number of their existing networks and group-based learning programs online, in addition to creating some new offerings for practitioners. 

What’s new?   

  • new website, where you can find updated information about their work, as well as new features such as a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section.
  • A re-occurring webinars series called ‘Doing cultural safety in the time of COVID-19' that explores pertinent issues arising during the pandemic, using a panel discussion and audience Q&A approach. 
  • VTMH's Monthly seminar series’ has become an ‘Online Seminar series’, taking place via zoom.  
  • Registrations are open for their ‘Community of practice (CoP) in cultural diversity and mental health’, which is a space for practitioners with an interest in cultural diversity and mental health to meet, learn, share practice wisdom and challenge their thinking. 
  • The existing range of VTMH self-directed online learning modules covering a variety of topics supporting culturally responsive practice are still available and free to access. Work is being done on improving their functionality as part of a new website upgrade. 

What's under construction? 

  • VTMH have been exploring with partner services new ways to offer workshops via a blended model that combines self-paced online learning with a live zoom session and small group reflective sessions.  

  • VTMH have concluded the first round of reflective discussions, run in partnership with Spiritual Health Association (SHA), that support practitioners to deepen their understanding of ways to explore diverse spiritual beliefs in conversation with mental health consumers. We are in the process of planning another round of online sessions for later this year. 

To find out more you can: 
Visit the VTMH Events Calendar (find webinar and seminar information here)  
Read more and register for the Community of practice (CoP) in cultural diversity and mental health 
Sign up to the VTMH mailing list to receive updates. 
Go to their new website: 

Victorian Dual Disability Service

Webinar Series 2020

The Victorian Dual Disability Service (VDDS) is delivering a series of 1 hour Webinars for staff working in public mental health services.  
Eligibility: These Webinars are designed for clinical staff working in Victorian Specialist Mental Health services. There is no cost for staff employed within area mental health services.
Format: The Webinars consist of a 45 minute lecture followed by a 15 minute question and answer session. A chat function is also be available.
Delivery: The webinars are delivered using Zoom.
To register your interest in attending these VDDS Webinar sessions please complete this form.
Topics include:
  • Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Management of Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Systemic, legal and ethical issues in the management of mental illness in people with Intellectual Disability
  • Assessment of mental illness in people with an Intellectual Disability
  • Treatment of mental illness in people with Intellectual Disability
  • Challenging Behaviours in people with an Intellectual Disability
  • Borderline Personality Disorders in people with an Intellectual Disability
The VDDS developed the topic on Dual Disability in MHPOD. This topic is available in the upgraded MHPOD here.

Southern Dual Diagnosis Service

Southern Dual Diagnosis Service (SDDS) is part of the DHHS funded Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative (VDDI).

Some of SDDS's new online opportunities include:
Monthly lunch & learn session:
The What, Why and How of Dual Diagnosis Harm Reduction 
Thursday 20th August, 11.30am -1pm 
live online workshop
registrations open via email
free to attend for stakeholders

Southern Dual Diagnosis Network Meeting​ (flyer here)
Tuesday 25th August, 1pm -2.30pm 
Guest Speaker: Steven Taylor (Hepatitis Victoria)
live online via webex​ 
registrations via
free to attend for stakeholders

Mental Health First Aid
Blended Online Course*
Thursday 27th August & Thursday 3rd September, 10am - 12pm
Live face-to-face workshop delivered online
*e-learning component must be completed before online workshop*
$220 (cost includes e-learning course, workshop, certificate & handbook)
registrations via

For more information on the VDDI see the previous CMHL newsletter here.


Orygen offers education, training and service development support to mental health professionals and services working with young people across Victoria. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, workshops are being delivered online where possible.
Orygen has also developed resources for supporting young people during COVID-19.
Self-care during the COVID-19 outbreak
Managing work and study in a time of COVID-19
Tips for families caring for young people during COVID-19

Accessing online training and resources
on the CMHL website

You can find more online training and resources on the CMHL's website
Including: Please look after yourselves - from all of us here at CMHL.
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