Building Professional Skills

Videoconferencing Opportunities

Geographical isolation of rural and remote communities decreases access to ongoing education and training that is accessible in urban areas. By sourcing and linking to lectures and forums, opportunities are opened for rural clinicians and other members of the mental health workforce to improve clinical knowledge and skills and become part of larger learning communities.

Commencing in 2008, links have been made to the Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service bi-monthly mental health nurse speaker symposiums and to the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Branch Forums. These sessions are evaluated to enable insights into the formation and building of innovative learning communities.

Family and Carer NSW Mental Health Program

The Mental Health Academic is working with the Family and Carer NSW Mental Health Program to design an educational/training package that will be delivered to health workers.

The goal of the training package is to improve the delivery of mental health services and information given to Carers of people that suffer from a mental illness.

The major mode of learning in the package will be based on the Carers’ lived experience and will describe the lasting impact these situations have had on them as a Carer, in the hope that by modifying health worker practice others won’t experience the same difficulties.

The lived experience will be supported by evidence-based theory and practical learning exercises. A variety of resources will be used to aid in the learning. The package is based on the Person Centred Care program delivered at the BH UDRH in collaboration with Consumers of local Mental Health services.

Carers NSW

For further information please contact the Mental Health Academic on 08 80801200 or Email to Elizabeth Martin