The mental health workforce in NSW is a group of highly trained health practitioners working in a wide range of health professions including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, assistants in nursing, social workers, Aboriginal mental health workers, occupational therapists, dieticians, art therapists, youth workers, peer workers, advocates and more.

Clinical governance

Maintaining and improving the quality of patient care within a health system is called clinical governance. The Mental Health Branch has a number of clinical governance programs and monitors clinical risk management, while also liaising​ with the Official Visitors Program.

Amendments to the Mental Health Act 2007

Amendments to the Mental Health Act 2007 was made on 31 August 2015 following a major review of the legislation. These fact sheets have more information:

Interested in a career in mental health?

A career specialising in mental health services is both rewarding and challenging. Mental health workers make a difference to other people’s lives every day. Their skills include personal qualities such as compassion and patience, as well as the technical skills that their profession demands.

Information about some possible training pathways is available from:

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Page Updated: Friday 7 December 2018
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