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This summer was a particularly challenging one. Bushfires, record temperatures and then flooding, presented many of us with unprecedented challenges.

With the media presenting constant reminders of the plight at so many locations; our cities and towns, farmlands, the rural countryside and natural environment all in crisis, our thoughts turned to our neighbours both near and far, and your unique circumstances. We hope that you have all come through the recent challenges safely, and are looking forward to the cooler seasonal change as much as we are.

So, what's new at the Learning Centre? We have been working hard to be proactive to the needs of staff and communities launching brand new and updated courses, as well as planning our next course reviews. Developments never stop here, as we wrap up one project we commence another, with others at various stages of production.

Other improvements have progressed, such as online assessments which have been tested and launched. This advancement will mean that learners will have more time to cover course content at training days, further maximising the learning opportunities and improving the overall experience at training.

Read more below...
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QC14 Fundamentals of Assessment, Formulation and Planning - new course launch!

The new QC14 course has now been launched, with sessions scheduled in various locations across the state.

Superceding the long standing two day version, QC14 has been condensed into a comprehensive one day delivery that is further enhanced by optional online resources, which may be accessed before or after attending the course.

Utilising a case study, the course steps participants through a process of identifying and gathering relevant information for each component of a clinical assessment. Participants will then be guided through the development and documentation of a clinical formulation.

To view the calendar of dates and locations visit www.qcmhl.qld.edu.au, login and navigate to the QC14 course page.

Note: For those who have completed the old QC14 Mental Health Assessment in the past two years, your downloadable certificates will remain available until 30 June 2020. After this date, it would be recommended to enrol and participate in the new course, to ensure your skills are up to date.
Enrol in the NEW Q14
QC55 Formulation and Intervention Plannning
Under development: New QC55 Foundations of Formulation and Planning eLearning course

This exciting new eLearning course will support the implementation of formulation and intervention planning skills touched on in the new QC14 course.

Rather than provide pages of additional reading, this course is being designed with interactive elements for an interesting and engaging experience.

All course material has been written and scenarios filmed. Construction of this dynamic new course is currently in progress. We anticipate launching the QC55 eLearning in late March 2020.
MHPOD
MHPOD, an alternative online learning tool

Mental Health Professional Online Development (MHPOD) has been undergoing significant redevelopment to improve the experience for learners.

A technical upgrade was undertaken in October 2019 to modernise the portal. This is the first step in a broader review and redevelopment of the program and content.

Queensland continues to be a high performer in this national resource, with over 1100 registered users to date across a broad range of disciplines.

Some of the most viewed and most completed topics include:
  • Recovery
  • Building the Therapeutic relationship
  • Mental Health Histories and MSE
  • Carer Participation

With 68 individual topics and over 100 hours of material all written and produced in Australia, there are countless options to complement and enhance your training.

To access MHPOD, visit
https://www.mhpod.gov.au/
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Transition of Care Project

The Learning Centre, in partnership with the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch is developing an eLearning module to support the dissemination and uptake of the revised Transition of care for young people receiving child and youth mental health services which supports child and youth mental health services transitional care planning and processes.

The guideline emphasises flexibility in transition; timely, planned and coordinated transition; accountability for transition; training and support for the transition process; and engaging consumers and carers in the transition process.
Need professional development points?
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Online assessments

Paper based assessments for our assessable courses are becoming a thing of the past.

QC9 Critical Components of Risk Assessment has already taken the step and QC14 Fundamentals of Assessment, Formulation and Planning is currently transitioning. Our Accredited course 10120NAT Course in Observing and Documenting a Mental State Examination will follow later in the year after undergoing a comprehensive course review.

Previously, the delivery of content for these courses ended earlier in the day to allow learners time to sit their assessment. Now, the delivery of important content continues right through to the end of the training day.

Learners will have two weeks post training to complete their assessment online, providing flexibility around where and when it is done.

We recommend making the time to complete your assessment as early as possible while the content is still fresh in your mind.

As an added incentive for those completing the assessment, an additional hour of active learning time can be claimed!

For those attending the course but not completing the assessment, you will have access to your Certificate of Attendance with 7 hours active learning immediately after completion of the training. For those completing the assessment and achieving a passing grade, after marking is finalised you will be able to access the Certificate of Achievement including the additional hour, taking your hours of active learning to 8!
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Scholarships update

Thank you to all the applicants, participants and panel of the 2020 Mental Health Scholarships award scheme.

Scholarships were approved for 50 Nursing applicants and 23 Allied Health applicants.

Applications for 2021 scholarships will open in mid October 2020.
Details can be found at
https://www.health.qld.gov.au/qcmhl/mhscho
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Having trouble utilising our eLearning?

Some default browsers interfere with the functionality of our online training system. For example, Internet Explorer cannot support the interactive elements that exist in many of our courses.

Help is available.

By downloading the Learning Centre app you can create an easy shortcut on your desktop that will ensure that it opens correctly with full functionality every time.


For assistance with the set up, app instructions are available below.
Download app instructions
Who can attend Learning Centre training?

Despite a common misconception, Learning Centre training IS NOT limited to Queensland Health staff only.

Our training is accessible generally to anyone with an interest or involvement at any level with people experiencing mental health problems.

View the
Target Audience information sheet for more information.

Note: understanding how the learning applies to your role and scope of practice is imperative.
If you are unsure on your enrolment in a training session, chances are you may not be. There are a couple of things you can do to check:
  • plan your attendance well in advance - check availability in the session and any pre-learning requirements that need to be completed, get your name on the enrolment list early
  • don't rely on 'someone else enrolled me', only you can complete your own enrolment in training
  • successful enrolments generate an immediate, automatic 'acknowledgement' email - check your junk email folder if it hasn't appeared - you can print this email as a reminder
  • 'Confirmation of enrolment' emails are distributed approximately 1 week prior to each event
  • visit www.qcmhl.qld.edu.au login and check My bookings under the My courses tab to check your enrolments - if an enrolment doesn't appear here, you are not confirmed
  • a reminder text message is sent 24 hours prior to the session, however if you haven't checked your enrolment prior to this time, you may have left it too late!
Why do you need to be enrolled?

Learning Centre training is resourced based on the number of participants enrolled and have strict capacity numbers depending on the course. In addition, there are compliance requirements as a Registered Training Organisation, and public liability considerations to take into account.

Important pre-course checks and mandatory pre-learning are also a requirement for many of our courses. If these are not done, an enrolment cannot be completed and attendance is not possible.

If you want to attend a course, get in early and secure your place. Complete any eLearning early so your enrolment can be guaranteed.


Note: Please ensure that ALL details in your profile are up to date, including workplace and HHS. Providing a current email address and mobile phone number will ensure you can receive all your notifications.
Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning, Ellerton Drive, Wacol Qld 4076
West Moreton Hospital and Health Service, RTO code 40745
(07) 3271 8837

www.qcmhl.qld.edu.au

ABN: 64 468 984 022
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