Mental Health Professional Development Unit
Latrobe Regional Hospital Mental Health Service's dedicated team for mental health education is the Mental Health Professional Development Unit (MHPDU).
The MHPDU provides a range of education and training programs for staff, students, carers and consumers of mental health services, other health service providers and the broader community.
The MHPDU oversees undergraduate student placements for nursing, occupational therapy, social work and psychology, the Mental Health Graduate/Postgraduate Nursing Program and educational opportunities for the wider community.
Undergraduate Student Placements
Undergraduate student placements are coordinated through a statewide online program called viCPlace which is implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Placements are available in all disciplines in mental health inpatient units and community mental health service sites.
Mental Health Undergraduate Nursing Student Coordinator:
Mental Health Graduate / Post Graduate Nursing Program
The Graduate Diploma/Graduate Nurse Program mental health stream offers a dynamic and well-structured graduate experience in a progressive, friendly supportive environment.
Current registered nurses who are seeking a career change to mental health are encouraged to apply. Applications are generally available during June/July of each year.
The opportunities for ongoing employment and career development beyond the Graduate/Diploma Program are excellent.
It is a condition of employment that successful applicants enrol in The Master of Mental Health course with completion to Graduate diploma level.
The program offers rotations at LRH's adult psychiatric unit (Flynn), psychogeriatric unit (Macalister) and Secure Extended Care Unit (SECU) over a 12 month period as well as speciality placements in the parent and infant unit (Agnes), consultation liaison, Emergency Department Assessment Team, community mental health or High Dependency Assessment Unit (HDAU).
Applicants must be registered by the start of the program with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Further information is available at LRH Graduate Nurse and Midwifery Programs or
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of a suicide and increase support for a person at risk. The workshop provides opportunities to learn what a person at risk may need from others in order to keep safe and get more help.
More information about ASIST and how to register is available here
De-Escalation Engagement and Prevention (DEEP)
A training program designed to assist in the prevention of aggression as well as non-coercive ways to manage clinical aggression.
DEEP was previously delivered as Communication and non-violent Response Education (CARE), a program which is still able to be delivered if required.
Read more about DEEP and find out how to register.
Mental Health First Aid / Youth Mental Health First Aid
Many people give serious consideration to undertaking a first aid course to provide potentially life-saving medical assistance – but what happens if a person experiences a mental health crisis? Mental Health First Aid will help you to recognise the signs of a mental health issue or crisis in a young person or adult and where to get help.
Partners in Depression (PiD)
Do you love, support or care for someone experiencing depression?
This course is free and delivered as 4 X 3 hour sessions. It can be run in any location in Gippsland.
Course content includes understanding depression, the signs and symptoms, treatments, suicide awareness and responses. It also covers the caring and support experience, important aspects of caring, health, wellbeing and self-care, relationships, communication and support and planning for the future.
Want to know more?
For more information on any educational or training programs contact the LRH Mental Health Professional Development Unit:
Phone: 5128 0050
Fax: 5128 0055
PO Box 424. Traralgon 3844
For any other educational requirements please fill in the Education and Training Request form and return to the MHPDU as per instructions on the bottom of the form.