The festive season is upon us heralding time for celebration, reunions and sharing. For some this time is a whirlwind of activity, others may enjoy a slower pace and temporary pause. It is also important to recognise that for many this time of year brings challenge.
Although the spirit of giving may be strong, it is worth noting that a gift doesn't need to be a material item. The gift of time, a conversation, connectedness, or simply reaching out to someone who may be struggling - even offering space while assuring them of your support when they are ready - can be profoundly meaningful. Gestures such as this could be one of the most valuable gifts you can give.
Looking ahead to the new year, we're excited to announce that our 2024 training schedule has been released and enrolments open for all available sessions. We strongly encourage everyone to check the calendar, plan ahead, complete pre-requisites where required, and secure a spot in events that fit your need. Places are already filling up quickly.
We are also delighted to announce that the Learning Centre have secured a dedicated training venue within our Anderson House base at Wacol. The fit out is due to be completed in time for the kickoff of Semester 1 training late January. Read more about this and other developments at the Learning Centre below.
Suicide prevention training
Did you know that within the general Australian population, around 3.3 million people aged 16-85 have serious thoughts of suicide during their lifetime (ABS, 2022).
Being able to talk to and support someone during suicidal distress is increasingly becoming a critical skill set within the Queensland Health workforce. However, we also recognise that discussing suicide with consumers can also create feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, fear, and worry for our workers.
Responding to this need for training that equips the whole workforce, a major re-development of QC2 Engage, Assess, Respond to and Support a suicidal person (EARS) is underway. Our team has been designing new eLearning that will use narrated storytelling and integration of personal experiences of suicidal thoughts and behaviours. This 'new look' will support greater understanding, challenge attitudes, reduce fear and foster empathy as it steps learners through the suicide prevention pathway and the core approaches and models that support this pathway.
We’ve spent considerable time reaching out to workers across the state and hearing their experiences ‘on the ground’; listening to what they feel they really need from training. One recurrent request is opportunity to practice these skills! With this in mind, we will be bringing new workshops that are highly experiential, practical and focus on building those skills for learners to be able to then transfer into the workplace.
In December, we will be running our first external pilot (e.g. test run) of 'Workshop A' which covers ‘Engage and Assess’ from the suicide prevention pathway. This will be an important opportunity for our clinical educators to not only trial these new activities, but also seek feedback from learners in how we can continue to refine the content to ensure relevance and best transfer of knowledge. Attendees of this first pilot includes a range of disciplines and experience including our allied health new grads, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers and Lived Experience workers from West Moreton HHS.
If you are interested in attending future pilots, please feel free to reach out to our project development coordinator, to register your interest.
Supervision suite project team update
What a year it has been in the supervision space! After launching QC60 Introduction to Supervision eLearning, QC8 Supervisee half day workshop, and the revamped Learning Centre Supervision Resource Centre (webpage), and making headway on even more updates, it's finally time to take a breath. With that we would like to extend warm thanks to all who have generously given time, courage, support and growth to join us in refining and practicing supervision.
With Better Care Together funding, and the feedback and support of many, the Learning Centre will continue the renewal and expansion of the Supervision suite to offer a universal approach to education and resources for all roles across the Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs workforce.
We will return in 2024 with plans that will allow us to deliver more QC4 Supervisor workshops in both Regional and Metro areas, and the project team will be immersed in the redevelopment of QC12 Supervising Supervisor and its advanced topics (with a projected 2025 launch).
We look forward to sharing this space with you in the new year as we continue to expand and build. In the meantime we wish you time for rest, peace and wellness over the Summer.
The newly relaunched course now contains the most up-to-date legislation, guidelines and links to resources and materials. Learners will also enjoy a more engaging and interactive learning platform, as well as enhanced accessibility and inclusivity.
If you are due for a refresh or keen to upskill, head on over to our LMS!
Resource hub - new content
The Learning Centre Risk Assessment courses, Resource Hub has been updated. It is a document containing quick links to tip sheets, research reviews, guidelines, policies, support service websites and other information relevant to extending learning in a range of risk areas.
The Risk Resource Hub is accessible via the following course pages:
QC9 Critical Components of Risk Assessment and Management (CCRAM)
QC33 CCRAM online classroom
QC19 Risk Refresher online classroom
QC54 Foundations of Risk Assessment and Management eLearning
Important learner reminder - update your profile!
As we progress to a new year of workplace priorities and training requirements, please ensure your learner profile in the Learning Centre LMS is up to date.
It is important you maintain your personal profile details to ensure:
HHS training needs can be appropriately mapped based on activity rates
your course completions show up in the correct HHS activity reports
line manager reporting lines are appropriately identified
contact details (email and mobile phone) are accurate to ensure you receive your enrolment confirmation, event venue details, and other important notifications.
If you have changed HHS, workplace, service/organisation, team or have a new line manager, or mobile phone number, please ensure your profile is updated asap!
Increasing pressures had fueled a need to secure a dedicated venue to conduct workshops.
The Learning Centre is therefore incredibly grateful to our hosts West Moreton Health for supporting our team, investing in our future and providing a valuable space to conduct workshops along with its dedicated fit out. This space will enable us to schedule more and varied training events Monday through to Friday, bringing us in line with other training providers.
Benefits for learners include a consistent, easily accessible venue with free parking and close to public transport options. The onsite kiosk provides easy access to affordable, healthy food and refreshment options, and we can't forget the wildlife; the iconic kangaroos being an exciting bonus for many visitors!
In 2024 all training that would previously have been scheduled at the following locations will now occur at our home base of Anderson House, The Park Centre for Mental Heatth at Wacol:
We look forward to seeing you here in the new year.
News from MHPOD
There has been a major upgrade to the national eLearning website to better support the health workforce gain skills in mental health and wellbeing.
MHPOD is an eLearning website that provides free training based on the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce.
MHPOD has more than 70 one-hour lessons, videos, audio, checklists and templates. Training covers different mental health topics including recovery, cultural awareness and eating disorders.
The platform caters to different learning styles, including self-directed learning, hour-long modules, micro-learning to help people learn on the go, and self-assessment tools.
Users can track their activities, and some workforces can count their learning towards Continuing Professional Development points.
Organisations and Managers are able to access a MHPOD Learning Portal Employer Access Token to facilitate organisational access to the MHPOD topic completion information of their staff who engage with the MHPOD Learning Portal.
MHPOD is funded by the Australian Government and all state and territory governments.
In our next edition we look forward to announcing:
Suicide prevention skills (SPS) suite; new course launch timeline
introducing the new Lived Experience and Training Team
more course updates and redevelopment projects
a recap on the success of the latest scholarship round.
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