I’m really excited about all the programming we have been able to facilitate in what Jo has accurately described as an unusual start to the role. I’m even more excited about what is coming your way in 2021 and beyond. The projects that Jo has mentioned are the beginning of a new way of working that we feel gets to harness the smarts, skills, and experience of the workforce and sector in order to drive innovation and practice change. Our roles as liaisons between knowledge, programming, administration and yourselves as the wider workforce means we’ll be working hard to understand the greater Mental Health workforce in Victoria - in particular one that looks to grow and adapt. There are momentous strengths and expertise across our state, and being at the nexus of it all is very exciting.
The big projects, as Jo has mentioned, are developing our state-wide no-cost training calendar to replace the programming previously done by the three regional training clusters and our scoping project designed to better understand the individual training and development teams and services of each of the Area Mental Health Services. In addition, I’ll be working on projects such as an Allied Health Development Program, designed to support allied health workers new to clinical mental health, coordinating what older person’s mental health training might look like, and working to support the roll-out of a suicide prevention training program across several AMHS among others.
2020 has pushed us to work in ways which were new, uncomfortable, and at times a bit unchartered. It plunged us in the deep end in terms of using and understanding technology and how it can help (or at times hinder) learning. We’ve got a lot coming out in 2021. We see this coming year as a starting point to better understand and develop knowledge translation and practice development across the state in work that will only grow in breadth and depth. We look forward to working with you all, whether directly or indirectly, in the weeks, months and years to come. We thank you for all of your support, input and understanding across the bumps that were 2020. We hope you enjoyed or will enjoy some time off this summer with friends and family. See you all sometime this year!