The Alternate Programs at MEC is a small group-based class that supports students to develop their literacy, numeracy and social-emotional development. Students in Year Seven to Ten are able to participate in a range of activities (Classwork, Bike Program, Garden Program and others) outside of their regular mainstream classes to build confidence and connectedness with their peers and school. The goal of the program is to increase student attendance, build confidence in their Literacy and Numeracy skills and assist their transition back into their mainstream classes.
Department of Health and Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Department of Health and Human Services has recently separated into two new departments: the Department of Health (DH) and the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH). The goal for the departments is for all Victorians to be healthy, safe and able to lead a life they value through the delivery of policies, programs and services that support and enhance the health and wellbeing of people in Victoria.
The vision of DHHS is to achieve the best health, wellbeing and safety of all Victorians so that they can lead a life they value.
They seek to break disadvantage, not by reinforcing dependency, but by working to harness all of the government’s resources to build capability, opportunity and inclusion.
To do this successfully, the department’s work is focused on four strategic directions:
Person-centred services and care
Earlier and more connected support
Advancing quality, safety and innovation
For further information please refer to the following link https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/.
DET Student Support Services
DET Student Support Service teams are comprised of professionals including:
- speech pathologists
- social workers
They support schools in assisting children and young people facing barriers to learning to achieve their educational and developmental potential.
DET SSS staff work as part of an integrated health and wellbeing team within each area, focusing on providing:
- workforce capability building for school staff
- group-based and individual support
- the provision of specialised services
For further information go to https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal/student-support-services/policy?Redirect=1
Mental Health Practitioner
A Mental Health Practitioner provides mental health prevention and promotion, short term support for students including direct counselling and coordinates supports with other services for students with complex needs.
Key aspects of the work include:
- Work with Assistant Principals to identify students most at risk of disengaging from education
- Establish a positive relationship with each of the young people including maintaining links with home
- Develop an understanding of individual protective/risk factors -liaise with appropriate school staff
- Work with students to develop their Individual Education Plan
Nurture Group Program