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The MHPOD Content has been prepared for the primary audience of psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, mental health nurses and social workers in their first two years of mental health practice in Australia. The content may also be useful to workers within the wider health/mental health and other human services workforces in Australia. It is not intended for personal use. All users are urged to always seek advice from a registered health care professional for diagnosis/ treatment and answers to their medical questions. For a list of places where you can seek help, see "Where to get help" below.
The content has been developed in various stages over a number of years and was accurate at the time of publication. Readers should note that, over time, currency and completeness of the information may change. You may notice updates and changes to some of the modules during 2016 and 2017. These changes and updates will take place as part of the content review which aims to make the content more accessible and relevant to current mental health principles and practice.
Where to get help
- Your doctor
- Your local community health centre
- Australian Psychological Society - Find a psychologist service Tel. 1800 333 497 (outside Melbourne) or (03) 8662 3300 (in Melbourne)
- Social workers in mental health
- Occupational therapists in mental health
- Mental health nurse practitioners
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workers
- Beyondblue Support Service Tel. 1300 22 4636
- SANE Australia Helpline Tel. 1800 18 SANE (7263), Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
- Lifeline Tel. 13 11 14
- SuicideLine Victoria Tel. 1300 651 251 - for counselling, crisis intervention, information and referral (24 hours, 7 days)
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