Strategies for bridging sectors and silos : a training model in mental health promotion

Verins, Irene, Marshall, Bernie and Keating, Clare 2007, Strategies for bridging sectors and silos : a training model in mental health promotion, Health promotion journal of Australia : official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 260-265.


Title Strategies for bridging sectors and silos : a training model in mental health promotion
Author(s) Verins, Irene
Marshall, Bernie
Keating, Clare
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia : official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals
Volume number 18
Issue number 3
Start page 260
End page 265
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Place of publication Maroochydore, Qld.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1036-1073
1753-6405
Keyword(s) Health promotion -- Management
Health promotion -- Administration
Mental health
Health promotion -- Supply and demand
Summary Issue addressed: The determinants of individual and community mental health and wellbeing are diverse and many lie outside the sphere of action of the health sector. Developing the confidence and skills of these other sectors to contribute to improved mental health has been identified as a priority at State and national levels that requires the development of specific workforce capacity-building strategies. Methods: VicHealth developed and implemented a two day short course to raise the capacity of organisations from a range of sectors to contribute to the mental health and wellbeing of communities. The model of this short course was constructed to reflect the diverse sectors targeted, which included health, local government, community arts, sport and recreation, justice, and education. Results: Evaluation of the two year pilot program, with more than 1,000 participants, has identified a high degree of satisfaction with the content and delivery model of the course, with clear changes in knowledge, skills and practice having been achieved. Cross-sector understanding and collaborations between participants increased as a result of the course. Conclusions: Continuing demand for the course demonstrates clearly that mental health and well-being is relevant to the core business of a broad range of community and professional organisations. The course has increased the confidence and capacity of these sector representatives to take action on mental health as well as increased cross-sector dialogue and partnerships. The recruitment of trainers from diverse sectors was successful in promoting a key component of the program, which was the message that mental health promotion should be the business of all sectors.
Language eng
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30025500

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