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Are you employed by one of Victoria's publicly funded mental health services (clinical or community managed)? Do you provide services to Victorian individuals affected by an acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families/social and kinship networks? 

Yes? You may be entitled to participate in free training and professional development activities. Read below for more.

For practitioners working in publicly funded, clinical mental health or community support services in Victoria


A free secondary consultation service is available  to mental health practitioners who are seeking assistance in their work with families.

This Department of Health and Human Services subsidised service can be provided at The Bouverie Centre or over the telephone. Videoconferencing is also available to rural services.

The Beacon Strategy

Motivated and committed practitioners and managers from several Victorian publically funded mental health services have partnered with The Bouverie Centre in a bid to drive and support the adoption of family inclusive practices within their agencies. Read more about our approach to supporting services to achieve and sustain real improvements in their responsiveness to families.

Special events

Several free events are held at The Bouverie Centre each year specifically for the mental health field. They include:

  • A one-day annual mini conference which brings together consumers, family members and practitioners in a unique three way conversation called a ‘trialogue’.
  • Two x three-hour 'Family Sensitive Practice' forums for practitioners, consumers and family members to report on the latest developments in the field both at Bouverie and in the wider mental health sector.

Enquiries: Contact Brendan O’Hanlon via  telephone (03) 9385 5100 or email b.o’

For Victorian workers providing services to non-compensable clients and families affected by ABI

The Bouverie Centre’s ABI team is funded by Disability Services Victoria to run professional development activities and provide specialist consultation to Victorian service providers working with non-compensable clients affected by ABI and their families/social or kinship networks. This includes services that offer:

  • case management, allied health, counselling, family support and respite

and providers in specialist areas such as:

  • drug and alcohol
  • mental health
  • juvenile justice


The following short courses are offered by the ABI team at no cost to practitioners working with non-compensable clients:

  • ABI & Disability: Family Sensitive Practice
  • Building Stronger Teams

See our professional development calendar for dates of our metropolitan workshops. Dates for rural workshops are negotiated with respective ITAS training coordinators and distributed through rural ABI networks. Additional training requests are negotiated on a fee-paying basis.

Enquiries: Contact Franca Butera-Prinzi via telephone (03) 9385 5100 or email

Family Work and ABI: Clinical consultation groups

Clinicians throughout the state have the option of attending monthly (10 per year) two hour clinical case discussion meetings held at The Bouverie Centre.

Rural workers may join a metropolitan consultation group or negotiate with their ITAS training coordinator about the establishment of a consultation group in their local area.

Enquiries: Contact Franca Butera-Prinzi via telephone (03) 9385 5100 or email


Aboriginal Family Therapy Training Program: Evaluation & Impact

The Bouverie Centre's Indigenous Team recently developed an Evidence Brief and Impact Analysis Report on The Bouverie Centre's Aboriginal Family Therapy Training Program.

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New client-centred framework to assist services launched

The Bouverie Centre has recently developed and launched, From Individuals to Families – A Client-Centred Framework for Involving Families, to assist services.

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