Clinical Training Capacity
The BH UDRH has a comprehensive student placement program. The Mental Health Academic links closely with the student placement coordinator to tailor student placements in mental health and related services that meet course objectives.
Students are able to experience working alongside mental health workers in both government and non-government services as well as visiting organisations that assist both consumers and carers of mental health services.
Previous students have joined in on social activities as well as bus trips with consumers to local sites of interest.
Person Centred Care in Mental Health
A collaborative education project, supported by the Broken Hill, University Department of Rural Health (BH UDRH), and the Greater Western Area Health service (GWAHS) has led to the development of a one-day workshop on person-centred care.
The aim of the workshop is to improve the delivery of mental health care by health workers. The workshop combines theoretical perspectives of mental health care with the lived experience of the consumer, as receiver of care within a person centred approach.
Teaching health workers about the impact of mental health care delivery models on the person experiencing mental health problems can influence changes in practice.
Workshops are put on for the mental health workforce at regular intervals during the year.
Workshops are also included within the 3-5 week primary health care placement for nursing students.
A process evaluation from the first 12 months indicated that students valued the contribution of the consumer stories and that after attending the workshop had more understanding of mental health issues and felt more confident about working with consumers experiencing mental health problems.