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Developing new social work-led mental health care coordination models

With demand for mental health services higher than ever, AASW has commenced a project focused on the development of new care coordination models to support people experiencing ongoing impacts from mental ill-health. This will support the association in discussions with a range of funding bodies, aimed at creating new opportunities for the profession and better outcomes for consumers, that complement existing therapeutic approaches. 

In undertaking this work, our goal is to work with our membership to identify existing care coordination models and approaches, key factors that contribute to both better and worse outcomes for people, and the role of different types of support including therapeutic supports and social prescribing.

We’re undertaking a series of online consultation sessions in late November, and we’d love to hear from any members with relevant expertise. The session details are outlined below:

Consultation session 1: Understanding the key drivers for admission, extended stay, delayed discharge, and readmission to in-patient mental health services. Seeking mental health social workers with current or recent experience in hospital settings. Tues 22 Nov. 10am - 12pm (AEDT)

Consultation session 2: Understanding effective mental health care coordination (or case management), including associated services and supports and key capabilities. Seeking mental health social workers with current or recent public community mental health or NGO care coordination experience. Wed 23 Nov. 10am - 12pm (AEDT)

Consultation session 3: Understanding broader social work care coordination models and approaches (non-mental health). Seeking social workers with current or recent care coordination (and case management) experience in social, workplace rehabilitation, aged care and other non-mental health settings. Thurs 24 Nov. 10am - 12pm (AEDT)

Register your interest: [email protected] indicating the session you would like to join. If you are unable to attend but but have relevant expertise you would like to share, please email: [email protected].



AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers