Frequently Used Acronyms

Acronym List


AAFTAustralian Association of Family Therapy
AASWAustralian Association of Social Workers
ACAAustralian Counselling Association
ACCHOAboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
ACMHNAustralian College of Mental Health Nurses
ACNAustralian College of Nursing
ACPAAustralian Clinical Psychology Association
AIHWAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
AMHCNAustralian Mental Health Consumer Network
AMHSArea Mental Health Services
ANMFAustralian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
AODAlcohol and other Drugs
APMHAged Persons Mental Health
APSAustralian Psychological Society
ARAFEMIAssociation of Relatives and Friends of the Emotionally and Mentally Ill (now part of MIND)
ASAPAdvanced Suicide Assessment and Planning
AWHAlbury Wodonga Health
CAACarers Association of Australia
CAGConsumer Advisory Group; OR Carer Advisory Group
CALDCulturally and Linguistically Diverse
CAMHSChild and Adolescent Mental Health Services
CCAGCarer & Consumer Advisory Group
CCISCComprehensive, Continuous, Integrated System of Care
CCUCommunity Care Unit
CEEDThe Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders
CICollective Impact
CISSChild Information Sharing Scheme
CLEWCarer Lived Experience Workforce (previously Carer Consultants Network – CCN).
CMHLCentre for Mental Health Learning
COPESCarers Offering Peers Early Support
CoPMIChild with a Parent with Mental Illness
CMHNCentre for Mental Health Nursing
CRAFCommon Risk Assessment Framework
CYFAChildren, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic)
CYMHSChild and Youth Mental Health Services
DBMASDementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service
DDCCACDual Diagnosis Consumer and Carer Advisory Council

Department of Families, Fairness & Housing (Victorian State Government)

*established 1 Feb 2021, after separation of DHHS)


Department of Health (Victorian State Government) 

(*established 1 Feb 2021, after separation of DHHS)


Department of Health and Human Services (Victorian State Government) 

(*ceased running in it's current form on 31 Jan 2021, separated into two departments)

eCPREmotional CPR (Connection, emPowering, Revitalising – skills training)
EDEmergency Department
EMHSAEastern Mental Health Service Coordination Alliance
EPPICEarly Psychosis Prevention & Intervention Centre


FaPMIFamilies where a Parent has a Mental Illness
FVISSFamily Violence Information Sharing Scheme
FVPAFamily Violence Protection Act 2008 (VIC) 
GVHGoulburn Valley Health
HACSUHealth and Community Services Union
HOPEHospital Outreach Post-Suicidal Engagement
HYDDIHomeless Youth Dual Diagnosis Initiative
ICOPSDIndividuals with Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders
IDCRIn-Depth Case Reviews
IMHAIndependent Mental Health Advocacy
IPSIntentional Peer Support (skills training)
KTKnowledge Translation
KPIKey Performance Indicator


LAMPSLaTrobe Regional Health, Alfred & Monash Health Peninsula Synergy Cluster (Southern Cluster)
LEAGLived Experience Advisory Group
LEWLived Experience Workforces
LEWAGLived Experience Workforce Advisory Group
LLEWLived and Living Experience Workforces (this term is often used in the AOD sector)
LOSLength of Stay
LRHMHSLatrobe Regional Hospital Mental Health Service
MARAMMulti-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework
MHCCVictorian Mental Health Complaints Commissioner
MHCFCACMental Health Consumer & Family Carer Advisory Committee
MHCSSMental Health Community Support Services (now decommissioned as a program, funds directed to NDIS)
MHECOMental Health Experience Co-Design
MHPNMental Health Professionals Network
MHPODMental Health Professional Online Development
MHRVMental Health Reform Victoria
MHSMental Health Services
MH-SUMental Health Substance Use
MHTDUMental Health Training and Development Unit
MHWFMental Health Workforce
MHWFRGMental Health Workforce Reference Group
MSEMental State Examination
NCAGNational Community Advisory Group;
NCCPHNational Centre for Consumer Participation (short-lived)
NDISNational Disability Insurance Scheme
NEVILNorth-East Victoria Innovative Learning Cluster (North East Cluster)
NHMRCThe National Health and Medical Research Council
NMHCCFNational Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum
NRMHCCNational Register of Mental Health Consumers and Carers
NWMHNorth Western Mental Health
OCHMNOffice of the Chief Mental Health Nurse
OCPOffice of the Chief Psychiatrist
OYHOrygen Youth Health


PACERPolice, Ambulance and Clinical Emergency Response
PAPUPsychiatric Assessment and Planning Unit
PARCSPrevention and Recovery Centres
PDRSSPsychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support Services
PENPsychiatric Enrolled Nurse
PhaMsPersonal Helpers and Mentors Program
PHNPrimary Health Network
PSWPeer Support Worker
RACGPRoyal Australian College of General Practitioners
RANZCPRoyal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
RCARoot Cause Analysis
RCHRoyal Children’s Hospital
RCVMHSRoyal Commision into Victoria’s Mental Health System
RMHRoyal Melbourne Hospital
SDOService Development Outcome
SECUSecure Extended Care Unit
SHARCSelf Help Addiction Resource Centre
SVFASpecialist Family Violence Advisor
SVHSt Vincent’s Hospital
SWHSouth West Healthcare
SWTPStatewide Training Providers
TICTrauma-informed Care
TORTerms of Reference


VAADAVictorian Alcohol and Drug Association Inc
VACCHOVictorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health

Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative

(dual diagnosis referring to those experiencing both mental health and substance use concerns)

VDDILGVictorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative Leadership Group
VDDIRFVictorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative Rural Forum

The Victorian Dual Disability Service

(dual disability referring to those with an intellectual disability experiencing mental health concerns)

VHIMSVictorian Health Incident Management System
VMHILNVictorian Mental Health Interprofessional Leadership Network
VMHILPVictorian Mental Health Interprofessional Leadership Project
VMHLVictorian Mental Health Learning

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council

(peak Victorian organisation for people with a lived experience of mental health problems or emotional distress)

VPTCVictorian Psychiatry Training Committee
VTMHVictorian Transcultural Mental Health
WBSSWay Back Support Services
WETSWestern Cluster
WMHNVWomen's Mental Health Network Victoria