The Victorian Government has selected Eastern Health to develop a new allied health graduate program model in mental health.

The new program model, supported by $225,000 will ensure all health services can provide a positive and supportive professional development experience for allied health graduates working in mental health settings across Victoria.

It will also include resources for mental health services to help create an effective learning environment and support graduates to gain a strong foundation in mental health practice.

Eastern Health will work together with a range of stakeholders to inform the development of the program and to build on existing strengths in the sector.

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended an increase in the number of allied health professionals working in mental health. 

The program has been designed to include social workers, occupational therapists, and psychologists and may be expanded to include other allied health disciplines.

Eastern Health is one of Victoria's largest metropolitan public health services, with over 50 facilities and nine key sites.

The program model developed by Eastern Health will help graduates have a positive start to a career in mental health.

This will support the growth of the allied health workforce in Victoria’s public mental health system.

The first allied health graduate placement positions recommended by the Royal Commission will start in 2022.

The Final Report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System was handed down in March 2021. The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all recommendations.