Image 50–100 student placements per year
50–100 student placements per year
Image Employment pathways for VU students
Employment pathways for VU students
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Research collaboration

The partnership formed between Victoria University (VU) and Orygen aims to boost the workforce capacity for youth mental health, and ultimately improve mental health outcomes for young people.

Our partnership will grow the mental health workforce of the state’s northwest region through providing education and training opportunities for VU students, and focus on collaborative research projects that aim to address the many challenges in Australia’s youth mental health sector.

Briahny with the team at headspace Sunshine. The team are standing outside a building with colourful street art, smiling and waving rainbow and headspace flags.
VU graduate Briahny and some of her colleagues at headspace Sunshine.

About Orygen

Orygen is Australia’s centre of excellence in youth mental health. They believe that all young people deserve to grow into adulthood with optimal mental health, with their work, research and education centred around this mission. Orygen believe in treating early and focusing on recovery, pioneering reform in this medical field to deliver real-world, practical solutions.

Working directly with young people, their families and friends, Orygen lead new and positive approaches to the prevention and treatment of mental disorders, through:

  • world-leading research that is impactful with the ability to create real change
  • education, using research and evidence-based practice to develop innovative training programs and provide resources to see young people with mental ill-health getting well, and staying well
  • clinical care services reaching young people in the west and northwest of Melbourne
  • advocacy work to ensure policy makers understand the significance and cost implications of mental ill-health in young people.

Our collaboration

VU and Orygen are partnering on youth mental health to generate a skilled and qualified workforce, as well as expanding research opportunities and deepening our support for young people experiencing mental ill-health.

In collaboration, VU and Orgyen will focus on the following through this partnership:

  • establish a collaborative research plan with a focus on physical activity interventions to improve mental health outcomes
  • facilitate 50+ placements for VU students in 2023, and nearly 100 in 2024
  • connect students to full-time paid employment in youth mental health, with several Bachelor of Social Work graduates now working at headspace centres in the West
  • create a co-located facility on our Werribee Campus to provide enhanced support for young people in the area and opportunities for onsite learning and employment
  • joint participation in community events in the west, aiming to improve awareness of services and sharing tools around mental health.

In the news

Courses that benefit

Briahny Lundberg standing at her desk at headspace Sunshine, smiling at the camera. There are framed posters and a window in the background.
Placing young people at the centre of their care – Briahny at headspace
Bachelor of Social Work
"We engage parental and carer figures in the way we want them to communicate with the young person – without judgement and fostering hope. "
Briahny's story

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