HACSU members have offered the following solution to the Minister for Mental Health.
Bring back the Mental Health major in Nursing degrees at Victorian Universities.
Introduction of cadetships.
Make entry into the Mental Health sector more accessible by creating
alternative entry points alongside university.
Employ more graduate staff.
We can make this work: 90 Graduates in the 1st year, and then 90
Graduates and 90 Post Graduates in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years. 90
Post Graduates in the 5th year.
This means an additional 720 staff, or $118.2 million investment
into staff over five years.
Bring forward the EBA commitment to employ more Allied Health Educators.
As it stands with the current Mental Health EBA, Allied Health Educators will be introduced in 2022. This needs to be brought forward to occur immediately because new graduates need specialist mentorship so that what they learn at university translates into specialised work skills, and ensure higher retention of Allied Health professionals in Mental Health.
This means an additional $5 million investment over five years to
Employ more Psychiatric Services Officers (PSOs) and Clinical staff in the community.
Thus, providing more time for clinicians to focus on clinical work.