National mental health strategy

What are the new changes to MHPOD?

The launch of the new MHPOD self-registration portal has been delayed. It's important the new site is user-friendly and meets all safety and accessibility requirements. Please continue to check for updates.

One National MHPOD

The MHPOD state websites have been merged into a single National website and made publicly available. Anyone can now access MHPOD: just fill in the form to register and start enjoying MHPOD straight away.

I need to register on MHPOD now

If you are able to wait until the new system is live, then the process of registration will be simpler as you will be able to self-register independently.

In the event that you need to register for MHPOD prior to the change over to the new system, 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. Visit the contacts page on this website to find out more about registering for MHPOD through your health service.

Non-public Mental Health Workforce

Alternatively, registration for MHPOD is available for other mental health practitioners not working in public mental health through the following professional organisations:
Occupational Therapy Australia
Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN)
Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Contact points

The people listed here should serve as your first point of contact if you require information concerning the availability of MHPOD in your State or Territory. Please see the support pages located here for any technical issues regarding this web site.



New South Wales
Darren Cheney

Northern Territory
Margaret Farrell

Marisa Stewart

South Australia
Daryll Branford

Charmaine Redding

MHPOD team

Western Australia
TBC, WACHS, Northern & Remote and Southern Country Health Service

Rikki Cooper-Svendsen, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS),

Jeanette Longwood, North Metro Health Service and South Metro Health Service,

General Information,

Existing users

If you are an existing user, you will be able to register for the new MHPOD eLearning site. If you register with the same email address you used on one of the previous instances of MHPOD, the system will automatically restore your previously earned credits.

Existing users with changed details

My email address has changed since I last used MHPOD
If you no longer have access to the email address associated with your previous MHPOD account, that's not a problem. After creating your account on the new site you will see a button called "Find my credits". Clicking this button will prompt you to select the site you previously used and enter your previous username and password. This information will then be used to identify your previous training records and to credit you with any previous completions.

My email address has changed AND I can't remember my previous user name and password
Unfortunately in this case MHPOD has run out of ways to identify you. You will be able to access MHPOD, however the system will NOT be able to restore your previously earned credits.

New users

Everyone can access MHPOD by filling in the simple registration form once the new system is available.

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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