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National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce

Australia National Mental Health Education and Training Advisory Group Country Resources Mental Health Service Standards Australia 21 September 2002 Guidelines education, human resources, mental health promotion

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This document contains the twelve Practice Standards for those who work in mental health services within the professions of psychiatry, nursing, social work, psychology and occupational therapy. These core Practice Standards establish a two-year timeframe during which professionals can work towards meeting the requirements of the Practice Standards, from the time they begin work in a mental health service. This may occur on completion of a tertiary degree or may follow employment in a different area of health care. The Practice Standards also provide a guide for education and training curricula. The aim of mental health curricula should be for students to achieve most of the Practice Standards at the completion of the course. Continuing education in the workplace and/or additional postgraduate studies will expand on knowledge and skills over time. It is anticipated that education providers will use the Practice Standards, the National Standards for Mental Health Services and discipline specific competency standards to ensure that graduates are aware of the core knowledge, skills and attitudes required in current and future mental health service delivery.


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