Department of Health

Recommendation 58

Workforce capabilities and professional development

What the Royal Commission said

The Royal Commission recommended a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Capability Framework.

The Framework will detail the knowledge, skills and attributes of a diverse, multidisciplinary mental health and wellbeing workforce. It will guide capability development across the workforce.

The new Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing will support capability building. It will work with training providers, mental health and wellbeing services and people with lived experience to coordinate learning and professional development activities across the workforce.

What are the opportunities?

The Royal Commission identified challenges with the capabilities of the current workforce.

These include:

  • a need for a cohesive system wide capability setting entity
  • a lack of capability planning for the future system
  • a lack of access to capability improvement for mental health and wellbeing professionals.

What are we doing?

Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Capability Framework

The Department of Health is developing a statewide Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Capability Framework. This will ensure mental health and wellbeing professionals have the right knowledge, skills and ways of working to deliver care, treatment and support.

The Framework will provide an integrated and accessible approach to defining capability needs for the mental health workforce of the future.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy

The Framework will be part of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy that the Department of Health is developing. It is due to be published in 2021.

The Strategy will provide a roadmap to developing a sustainable and diverse workforce to support Victoria’s mental health system.

Read more about the Strategy here.

Reviewed 17 March 2022

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