It is remarkable how swiftly the year is progressing, a testament to the saying that time truly does fly when you're engaged in purposeful pursuits. As we step into final quarter of the year, we would like to take a moment to share and reflect on the initiatives we have been pursing in recent months.
Our commitment to enhancing capability and fostering inclusivity remains steadfast and is ingrained in every facet of our operations. Course reviews continue, ranging from major redevelopments to more minor enhancement projects. Behind the scenes we investigate technological advances to support course access and efficient implementation.
Demand for our services continues to increase, and while catering for a wide spectrum of needs is not always possible we strive to make our training accessible to more and more services. We understand the path to success is paved with appropriate learning and upskilling, this is why we pour our energy into initiatives that empower individuals and organisations in a dynamic landscape.
As always our focus remains on imparting knowledge, therefore 2024 training schedule planning has commenced. We look forward to more exiting announcements about the year ahead in our next edition, but for now read on below to see what we've been up to and what is soon to come!
A moving launch for SRAM-ED
Earlier this year we shared news of the roll out of the new suicide prevention training package for the ED workforce (SRAM-ED) following its endorsement by the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs (MHAOD) Branch and the Queensland Emergency Department State Advisory Panel (QEDSAP).
On 10 July an official launch was hosted by the MHOAD Branch in collaboration with QEDSAP and the Learning Centre. In total, over 200 staff attended the launch with many across Queensland attending via Teams.
Nikki Bushell, A/Director Clinical Governance Unit MHAOD Branch, provided the open and welcome. Dr John Reilly, Chief Psychiatrist MHAOD Branch, and Dr Ben Close, Co-Chair QEDSAP, spoke to the importance of suicide prevention, thanked all involved in the SRAM-ED program’s redevelopment, and declared their support for SRAM-ED training in all Queensland Health emergency departments (ED).
Then, Kerrie Keepa, who was instrumental in advocating for the development of the SRAM-ED program after losing her son to suicide in 2014, gave a highly engaging and moving account of her son and family’s experience.
Kerrie thanked ED staff for their ongoing support to people with lived and living experience of suicide. Kerrie expressed her gratitude to all who contributed to the SRAM-ED program’s redevelopment – especially those with lived and living experience of suicide. Kerrie closed with her thanks to SRAM-ED trainers who provide education to ED staff.
Dr Barrie Field, Emergency Department Physician and ACEM member, spoke of the importance of the SRAM-ED education in supporting people presenting to ED in suicidal distress and advocated strongly for the program’s continued implementation across the state.
62 ED educators have completed the new SRAM-ED Train-the-trainer course, and they have in turn upskilled a further 264 ED staff in using contemporary, trauma-informed suicide prevention skills via their local QC61 SRAM-ED HHS-based training.
Training evaluation data show increased knowledge and skills, and confidence in engaging with people in suicidal crisis who present to their ED; staff who have completed the course say, “I now understand and know prompts/terminology and questions to use and ask to discuss suicide”, “(I) Will allocate more time to having an empathetic and culturally sensitive discussion”.
We look forward to the continuing roll out of this program and hope that the benefits are far reaching.
Educators resource continues to grow
A new resource has been added to the growing list of tools created and curated on the QC58 Developing Educators Program page.
Drawing on the science of how the brain works in learning is a recorded webinar recently presented to a state wide gathering of Educators from Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Services. Discussed are useful facilitation and teaching tips based that can be easily translated into practice.
This recent addition takes the tally of menu items on the page to 7, many of which are complemented by tools, work aids and other resources for Educators.
We have even more resources on the horizon as project plans for the next phase of eLearning development are under consideration.
eLearning courses update
Our Winter edition newsletter announced that updates to some of our core eLearning courses was underway.
If you are due for a refresh or keen to upskill, why not check out the updated courses. By completing these courses you will experience:
A more engaging and interactive learning platform
enhanced accessibility and inclusivity
updated content and resources
links to the most up-to-date legislation.
More course updates are planned. Keep an eye out for further announcements in future editions of this newsletter.
Assessments timeframe extended
The Learning Centre Assessment marking team have extensively reviewed assessment processes and have come to the conclusion that more time is needed for learners to complete assessments for:
QC9 Critical Components of Risk Assessment and Management (CCRAM)
QC14 Fundamental of Assessment Formulation and Planning (FAFP)
10881NAT Course in Observing and Documenting the Mental State Examination (MSE)
and their online equivalents QC33 CCRAM, QC34 FAFP and 10881NAT MSE online.
We have changed from 2 weeks to 4 weeks (28 days) for the completion of post training online assessment completion. If you have been asked to provide 'further evidence' this time frame is extended from 1 week to 2 weeks.
Scholarships open soon!
The Learning Centre's long standing Mental Health Scholarship Scheme (MHSS) is to receive an exciting enhancement.
Targeted funding has been provided under Better Care Together priority 1: Strengthening service capacity and the built environment to support and incentivise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island and CALD Queensland Health Nursing and Allied Health MHAOD clinicians to further develop mental health competencies through postgraduate studies.
Queensland Health Nursing and Allied Health clinicians from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the MHSS.
The application period (for study to be completed in 2024) will open late October 2023.
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