National mental health strategy

What are the new changes to MHPOD?

The launch of the new National MHPOD site that will enable self-registration has been delayed.

Please continue to check for updates or email if you have specific issues or concerns with registration prior to the launch of the new site.

I need to register on MHPOD now

In the event that you need to register for MHPOD now, please read through the information below that explains what you need to do.

Public Mental Health Workforce

If you work in public mental health, MHPOD is probably available through your workplace. Please check the list below to find out who you need to contact in your state.

Jodie Bowden
Organisation: Justice Health and Alcohol & Drug Services

New South Wales
Darren Cheney
Organisation: NSW Institute of Psychiatry

Northern Territory
Richard Ashburner
Organisation: Department of Health

Marisa Stewart
Organisation: Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning

South Australia
Daryll Branford
Organisation: SA Health

Charmaine Redding
Organisation: RTO Connect

Helen Ciampa
Organisation: Department of Health and Human Services

Western Australia
Brenda Pringle / Rikki Cooper-Svendsen / Jeanette Longwood
WA Country Health Service

Users in New South Wales

NSW Health clinicians should not register on this site. Please go to to access MH POD modules.

What is MHPOD?

MHPOD is an evidence-based online learning resource for people working in mental health. There are over 100 hours of material across 68 topics, written and produced in Australia. The topics range from recovery, to legislation and dual disability. Each topic includes an overview, activity, in-practice section, and resources such as checklists, templates, or links to further information. The content of MHPOD is linked to the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce.

Who is it for?

MHPOD is primarily designed for nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychiatrists and psychologists working in mental health in Australia. Workers in their first two years of practice in Australian clinical mental health services may find it particularly useful. It is expected that other people, including general practitioners (GPs), consumer workers, carer workers, Aboriginal health workers, and other allied health workers will also find it useful.

How was it developed?

MHPOD has been funded by the Commonwealth government and all states and territories. The aims of the project include supporting the mental health workforce, and improving access to evidence-based educational programs. The content has been written by the Psychosocial Research Centre at the University of Melbourne and North WestMental Health. The content is periodically reviewed, and updated to reflect current practice and standards, as well as enhance the range of topics and accessibility.

The production and overall delivery of MHPOD has been undertaken by CADRE Design in Sydney, who provide all technical support for the hosting site and report back to the national project and contract manager located within the Department of Health and Human Services in Melbourne. The broad project team, like the workforce, is multidisciplinary and located throughout Australia. Quality assurance has been undertaken by an expert group including consumer and carer representatives, clinicians and academics, who continue to shape and steer MHPOD.

Is it an effective learning resource?

A pilot of ten MHPOD topics was undertaken during 2010 at eleven mental health services around Australia. The pilot was evaluated by the Centre for Health Programs, Policy and Economics at the University of Melbourne. The evaluation found that the majority of users rated the content of the ten topics as relevant or extremely relevant to their current role.

Over 90% of participants indicated that their knowledge had increased because of their participation in the MHPOD pilot, and over three-quarters indicated that participation had increased their skills and confidence. The increase in knowledge was statistically significant.

Professional Certificate in Mental Health Practice (based on MHPOD

The Professional Certificate in Mental Health Practice is the first university accredited online professional development course for mental health workers in Australia that is specifically linked to the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce and incorporates the online content of the Mental Health Professional Online Development (MHPOD), with additional assessments. This professional certificate is for eligible students enrolled through the University of Melbourne.

Professionals currently working in the field of mental health or those working in organisations where mental health issues are prevalent may find this course of interest. This may include those with backgrounds in nursing, social work, occupational therapy and other allied health fields, psychology and psychiatry, as well as general practitioners and those working in the non-government services provided for people with mental health problems, emergency services and other organisations.

Next student cohort will commence in early 2017. For further information and to register your interest, please email

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