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autumn update for learning experience
Whilst it is difficult to imagine, Christmas is just around the corner and the change of season heralds many new and exciting opportunities for the Learning Centre.

Staff at the Learning Centre have had a busy start to the year with many projects culminating in successful course launches, including one brand new eLearning package and two reviewed and updated courses. There is no rest on the horizon though as more reviews and developments have kicked off, and yet more in planning to commence soon.

Ensuring courses are up to date, relevant and align with the latest policies is a commitment that the Learning Centre takes very seriously. Our commitment to course currency and relevance creates a finely balanced distribution of time between training delivery, projects/developments/reviews and other pre and post training delivery commitments. Nonetheless we forge on, now looking forward to planning the 2020 calendar which is due to be released in the coming months.

As we near the end of the training year, the Learning Centre would also like to take a moment to thank the HHS training co facilitators for their significant contributions in supporting program delivery. Your local knowledge is invaluable in enriching the experience for participants.
Risk Assessment and Management course re-development

The Learning Centre is re-developing the following programs in collaboration with the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (MHAODB) and with reference to training needs analysis reports:
  • QC9 Critical Components of Risk Assessment and Management
  • QC19 Risk Assessment and Management Refresher
  • QC26 Evaluation of Risk (video conference)
  • QC14 Mental Health Assessment.
The re-development of these programs will support the implementation of the When mental health care meets risk: A Queensland sentinel events review into homicide and public sector mental health services (When mental health care meets risk report 2016) recommendations, the Violence risk assessment and management framework – mental health services implementation, and the Zero Suicide in Healthcare initiative.

Highlights of the re-redevelopment include: new case materials to support a case scenario exploration and application of course content; moving from paper-based to online assessments for QC9 and QC14; the development of new eLearning courses which complement face-to-face workshops; the introduction of delivery via synchronous online classroom for QC19 to replace a half day face-to-face workshop.

Following the last update in our
Winter eNewsletter the QC9 project team have successfully piloted the new training content and online assessment. Thank you to those who supported the re development to reach this significant milestone. A stand alone eLearning module and resource hub have also been developed to support risk assessment and management.

The project team is now considering feedback provided and applying final amendments to the training prior to seeking endorsement from the Mental Health, Alcohol and other Drugs Branch for statewide implementation.
Third party review of Suicide Risk Assessment and Management in Emergency Department Settings (SRAM-ED) course evaluation

The Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch has commissioned an external evaluation of the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning’s ‘Suicide Risk Assessment and Management in Emergency Department Settings’ (SRAM-ED) courses. This evaluation will be conducted by Siggins Miller and The Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI).

The evaluation will commence in September and individuals who have completed a SRAM-ED course (QC25, QC50 or QC51) since 2016 will be invited to participate. Participation in this evaluation is voluntary and will occur via an online survey and/or a focus group asking learners’ opinions about the SRAM-ED course(s) they completed. This evaluation will assess the efficacy of the SRAM-ED courses and provide direction for potential future improvements to this suite of courses. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Dr Michelle Delaney at
Online assessments are coming to the Learning Centre

At the Learning Centre we are continuously improving the learners experience and in response to feedback the Learning Centre has received, over the next six months, completion of all assessment components of 10120NAT Course in Observing and Documenting a Mental State Examination, QC9 Critical Components of Risk Assessment and Management and QC14 Mental Health Assessment will be moved to our online learning system.

The benefits of online assessments are:
- reduced stress on the learner to complete the assessment at the end of the training day
- more time spent on the course content during the training day
- assessment can be completed at the learner's own pace
- improved access to learning materials during the assessment.

Look out for further updates around online assessments in our next eNewsletter.
National Suicide Prevention Conference

Learning Centre Clinical Educator Dan Mobbs attended this years Suicide Prevention conference in Melbourne with the conferences theme this year being United in Action. Dan was fortunate enough to meet former Prime Minister and now Chair of Beyond Blue The Hon. Julia Gillard who presented the inaugural De Leo address. Her address called for the “de-politicisation of mental health” and was well received by the 600+ delegates in attendance. Other stand out presentations included Dr Carla Patist (to the right of Ms Gillard) who presented outcomes from the Gold Coast Suicide Prevention Pathway, Dr Kathryn Turner (also pictured) presented on their staff support program called ‘Always There’. Janet Martin and Nikki Bushell also presented a plenary session on the work of the Suicide Prevention Collaborative which included data from the Learning Centre's EARS, YEARS and SRAM-ED training programs.
Queensland Health Mental Health Scholarship Scheme 2020 - applications opening soon

Applications for mental health scholarships for study to be completed in 2020 will open 8:00am Monday 14 October 2019 and close at 5:00pm on Monday 25 November 2019.

Applications are invited from Nursing and Allied Health staff undertaking approved post graduate studies in sub specialities of mental health nursing or mental health practice e.g. child and youth, dual diagnosis, older person’s mental health, addiction, perinatal and infant and forensic studies and clinical staff working closely with mental health consumers.

The scholarships provide financial support (up to $1,000 per unit/subject recorded in the application) for approved post graduate level university courses in mental health clinical practice up to a maximum payment of $5,000 per individual per calendar year.

The scholarships are available to permanent or temporary Queensland Health Allied Health and Nursing clinicians, currently working closely with people with mental illness, who are Australian or New Zealand* citizens or have permanent residency. *Under the Special Category visa (sub class 444).

Applications need to include information on how the proposed study will increase your capacity as a clinician to contribute to your hospital and health service care delivery. Applications are very competitive; the Panel encourage all applicants to submit high quality applications with comprehensive details on how the proposed study will enhance their skills and the mental health workforce.

Information on the scholarship package, including selection criteria and demonstrable skills, can be accessed on the
scholarships page, or by contacting the mental health scholarship coordinator via email: mhscholarships@health.qld.gov.au
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Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning, Ellerton Drive, Wacol Qld 4076
West Moreton Hospital and Health Service, RTO code 40745
(07) 3271 8837