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VTMH Rural and Regional Approach Implementation Project

Abie and Ben (VTMH) with the Ballarat Community Mental Health Leadership and Education Unit Teams, pictured in July 2023. 

VTMH continues to strengthen its relationship with the rural and regional mental health sector through the VTMH Rural and Regional Approach Implementation Project Showcases.

The showcases provide an opportunity for participants to communicate the needs of their organisations as well as forging collaborative relationships with VTMH.

To date, we have showcased our services and programs to six of the eight rural and regional mental health services:

  • Bendigo – March 2023
  • Goulburn – April 2023
  • Loddon Mallee (Mildura) – April 2023
  • Albury/Wodonga – May 2023 (Online)
  • Grampians (Ballarat) – July 2023
  • Barwon (Barwon Health) – November 2023

We have also showcased our services at:

  • Eastern Health Allied Health New Graduates Day – July 2023
  • Tasmania Victoria Multicultural Advisory Forum – September 2023 (Online)
  • Ballarat Mental Health Collective Expo – October 2023

We are planning to showcase at Latrobe Valley Mental Health Services (Gippsland) in April 2024 and Warrnambool Mental Health Services (South West) in June 2024.

We believe showcasing our services in the rural and regional areas is having a positive impact on the sector. We have observed a significant number of registrants for our monthly Spirituality and Diversity Discussions and Seminars from Bendigo, Shepparton, Mildura, Ballarat, Albury/Wodonga and the Latrobe Valley Health mental health services. We hope the numbers of participants from all the Victorian rural and regional mental health areas will continue to rise.

We are grateful for the hard work of the Rural and Regional Approach Liaison Group members in facilitating our visits. We look forward to working together on the next stage of the project.