Workforce Programs


About the Workforce Program - South East Education and Training Cluster

LAMPS (Latrobe Regional Hospital Mental Health Services, Alfred Psychiatry, Monash Health, Peninsula Health Psychiatric Services, Southern Synergy)

In Mid 2004 the Victorian DHS Mental Health Branch initiated projects across the State to explore potential advantages in collaborations across broad working groups of mental health services. Southern Synergy carried out the first round of consultation and needs assessment in this cluster leading to a report to DHS in July 2004. This initial needs assessment process has developed into the current workforce development initiative called South East Education and Training Cluster. The South East Education and Training Cluster includes Monash Health, Alfred Psychiatry at Bayside Health, Peninsula Health Psychiatric Services and Latrobe Regional Hospital Mental Health Services.

Activities of the cluster vary from year to year. The cluster has taken a project and developmental perspective in most years. Throughout the development of the cluster work plan there has been continued commitment for the establishment of balanced and equitable partnerships between participating agencies. Within the cluster Steering Group, it is acknowledged, that participating health services each have particular strengths to contribute to the cluster and that all services have something to gain by this involvement. As a tangible commitment to this principle, leadership of projects is shared across the cluster with each member taking various lead roles.

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Staff from LAMPS can apply for a position in training programs managed by NEVIL and Western Cluster. When applying for NEVIL programs, if a code is requested can provide this.

Staff from other areas can also apply for open programs on the LAMPS cluster. These are designated by the 'ALL" on the calendar. Staff from other areas do need to accept that if they register and fail to attend they will be required to pay a $50.00 fine as occurs with all other staff registering for LAMPS programs.

Staff in the LAMPS cluster are welcomed by VICSERV trainers but a fee is required to be paid as noted in the VICSERV calendar.

As a reflection of the increased synergy between the two sectors, staff of Victoria's Mental Health Community Support Sector (MHCSS) and clinical mental health services staff of MHCSS's are now able to attend LAMPS events free of charge. Staff members of clinical services are also eligible to attend NEVIL and WEST training free of charge. The web pages are shown below:

Clinical mental health service staff are eligible to attend VicServ training for the usual fee. Click here for VicServ training calendar web page.

LAMPS is based in Monash University at Dandenong Hospital and is auspiced through Monash Health. The LAMPS Steering Committee comprises representatives from each of the participating agencies, disciplines and consumer and carer consultants.

Training calendar