Innovation and Improvement in Mental Health Care

Innovation and Improvement in Mental Health Care

Graduate Diploma
Semester 1 - Core unit

This unit introduces students to contemporary examples of innovation and improvement and examines opportunities for mental health professionals, in collaboration with people with lived experience of mental illness, to create, innovate and improve services. Students will critically reflect on the role of interprofessional practice and leadership in promoting supportive environments for practice improvement and the role of clinical governance as a vehicle for continuous improvement. Students will explore the rationale for increasing the focus on the physical health of people who access mental health services and consider the complex topic of 'changing the culture of mental health services'. The unit provides opportunities to appraise a range of tools for innovation before focusing on implementing and sustaining change in the context of innovation and improvement in mental health care.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of effective partnership and collaboration with people with lived experience of mental illness regarding the improvement of mental health care services.
  • Critically appraise the evidence about the factors that support innovation and how interprofessional practice and leadership can encourage and promote supportive environments for practice improvement.
  • Critically reflect on the role of clinical governance in quality improvement in mental health services.
  • Critically evaluate a range of methods and tools for generating innovative thinking.
  • Evauate contemporary examples of innovation and improvement in mental health care with respect to their focus on physical health, alignment to recovery-oriented approaches and relevance to specific life stage and health setting.

Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Innovation in mental health care
Week 2 Consumer involvement
Week 3 Engaging consumers and carers
Week 4 Supporting innovation
Week 5 Leadership
Week 6 Clinical governance
Week 7 Barriers, obstacles and errors
Week 8 Recovery
Week 9 Changing the culture
Week 10 Innovative thinking
Week 11 Tools for innovation
Week 12 Developing a project
Week 13 Quality and safety
Week 14 Implementing and sustaining change
Week 15 Review