Deakin Rural Health

Mental Health

Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Mental Health

This program is working with universities, hospitals and health providers within South West Victoria to provide mental health education and support to students on clinical placements in a number of rural health settings.  Training is available throughout the region to improve public awareness about mental health and services available to the community.
The Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program is an Australian Government Department of Health-funded program providing support and training to health professionals and raising awareness of the need for improved management of mental health issues. The program also works with the Deakin Rural Health (DRH’s) Student Support program to improve the experience of students from mental health disciplines, (such as nursing, psychology, social work and occupational therapy), who undertake their clinical placement in South West Victoria.

For further information on project activities, please contact Ms Kate Schlicht on (03) 52479703

Education and Training

Mental Health education and training workshops are offered to medical, nursing and pharmacy students in the South West region.  Tailored training in mental health topics is also offered to health services, general practitioners, practices nurses and health organisations.  Training has been delivered across the region in Portland, Camperdown, Warrnambool and Hamilton on a range of mental health topics. Some examples include the mental health act, how to manage and support a patient with Mental Health Issues in the Emergency Department, management and coordination of aggression in the Emergency Department and Triage, how to handover a client with a mental health issue.

Simulation based education is also provided to medical, nursing and pharmacy students on a range of mental health disorders utilising standardised patients in a safe environment for students to practice communication skills, developing management plans and how to conduct a mental state examination.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) has been delivered to schools, sporting clubs and the general community and health professionals to improve suicide prevention capabilities within the region.

For further information on Mental Health training activities, please contact Mr Chris Healey on (03) 55633549

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