A new Framework developed in collaboration with the mental health sector aims to improve support for junior doctors during training rotations in psychiatry.

Mental Health Reform Victoria (MHRV) today published the junior medical officer (JMO) psychiatry rotation framework.

The JMO Framework is designed to ensure trainees have a positive learning experience in psychiatry.

The Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended a series of reforms to overcome a critical shortage of psychiatrists in Victoria.

The recommendation also aims to improve the mental health skills in Victoria’s broader health workforce.

This includes increasing the proportion of junior medical officers (JMOs) undertaking a psychiatry rotation from 2021, with it being mandatory for all JMOs by 2023.

The JMO Framework will support Victoria’s mental health system to implement a significant increase in psychiatry rotations, in both hospital and community settings.

MHRV Chief Adviser Dr Simon Stafrace said, “Providing more rotations in psychiatry means all junior doctors can gain an understanding of the treatment and care of people with mental illness and psychological distress, and their families.

“It will improve the skills of Victoria’s medical workforce and the quality of mental health care across the community.”

The JMO Framework ensures consistency of learning outcomes and experiences for junior doctors in psychiatry rotations.

MHRV collaborated with a diverse working group to design the JMO Framework. The working group included people with lived experience and representation from health services, the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Mental health services and other key stakeholders gave feedback during consultation sessions held over several months. The Framework will be trialled in 2022 with a review process starting in 2023.

To receive a copy of the JMO Framework, please email: contact@mhrv.vic.gov.au.