It's June! We are almost halfway through the year already and what a whirlwind 2021 has been so far.
Our Semester 2 training dates have been released; they include a range of face-to-face and online classroom (Zoom) options. We hope this training model will continue to provide plenty of variety for learners, with online classroom deliveries making training more accessible to those in remote locations, as well as providing alternate options for all learners. Keep your eye out for marketing emails as they are circulated in coming weeks, or you can go straight to our calendar of events and check out what's coming up.
The Annual Report is progressing through final stages and will be released very soon. The 2020 Annual Report provides the first opportunity to analyse the uptake and outcomes of our new mixed training model. Please keep an eye out for it's release if you are interested in gaining a greater understanding of how the information we collect from participants is utilised.
For more information around course updates and development opportunites, keep reading below.
Violence Risk Assessment and Management (VRAM) now online
Adapting the course QC30 VRAM to online classroom has been a success, and since the pilot in March we now enjoy greater flexibility in how we provide the training to our valued stakeholders.
New sessions of QC30 VRAM online have been included in the Semester 2 course roll-out. Click the link below to view the course page and navigate to the delivery date options (Note: eLearning is required).
If the dates currently available are not compatible to your schedule you may request to be added to the Register of Interest, which will inform future planning and you may be notified when additional sessions have been planned.
Police and Ambulance Intervention Plan (PAIP) eLearning update
The Learning Centre are completing a minor internal review of the one-hour eLearning course QC49 PAIP, which was originally developed in 2016. This training product has been updated to include content that is consistent with the Mental Health Act 2016 as well as transferring the course to a new software platform which provides improved learner navigation, usability and has a more modern look and feel.
The project team anticipate the updated course will be relaunched by the end of July 2021.
Comprehensive Care Webinar series
Since October of 2020, a series of webinars have been made available through a colloboration with Insight, Dovetail and the Learning Centre. This collaboration is the Comprehensive Care: Partnerships in Care and Communication Project.
In our last newsletter we provided an update on the recorded webinars now available via RE08 Comprehensive Careresource tab. The project has continued to expand to include a greater range of resources, and more recently, development of an eLearning product commenced.
Click the link below to see the great range of resources now available. We hope to launch the new eLearning via the same page very soon.
Suicide Risk Assessment and Management in Emergency Department Settings (SRAM-ED) - course redevelopment
After almost five years of steady roll-out statewide, the QC25 SRAM-ED train-the-trainer package is undergoing redevelopment.
The project team will be undertaking a co-design model of content development and engagement with lived experience representatives, starting the process by forming a steering committee and consultation group.
There will be scope to redevelop the eLearning and face-to-face workshops that support this important training package. The scenario videos will also be redeveloped.
If any Emergency Department or Mental Health clinicians would like to be considered for a part in any of the upcoming filming for new scenarios, or would like to offer support to the project please contact the Learning Centre for more information.
Further updates will be provided as the project continues, watch this space!
Community of Practice for Educators
We are excited to announce the formation of a Community of Practice for Mental Health Educators (those with an education portfolio or education aspect to their role who work in a Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Service).
The Learning Centre recently conducted its first gathering to start connecting Educators with their peers around the state, and gather feedback around areas of interest.
Our next phase will see the roll out of regular gatherings where guest presenters will share knowledge and experience. Our upcoming schedule includes:
14 June - Understanding the many dimensions of learning transfer
6 September - Using simulation to enhance training
1 December - Feedback from remote communities - adapting education to incorporate local needs.
We hope that our initiative will enable the:
sharing of ideas and a collaborative approach to problem solving
exchange of relevant, locally-developed resources
promotion of current best practice and consistent application of education and training skills across the state
professional development (PD) and upskilling opportunities
opportunity to engage expertise to inform projects.
Note: this does not replace any other already established professional networks.
If you are an Educator in a Queensland Health Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Service setting and would like more information or have not received your invite, please contact us.
Lived experience engagement
The Learning Centre highly values engagement with people in the community with lived experience. Lived experience perspectives ensure our training is recovery-focused and person-centred. To enhance inclusion and engagement, and give people with lived experience an easy way to get in touch with us, we will soon release an online application form for those seeking to join our network.
Do you have lived experience, or do you support someone who does? Are you interested in sharing your story to inform Learning Centre practices and help educate service providers?
Five ways your lived experience can help:
Participate as an expert reference group member.
Tell your story in videos, short filmed scenes and examples.
Provide feedback on our education.
Help develop resources such as tip sheets, presentations and eLearning.
Work with the Learning Centre on planning and recruitment.
Stay posted for more updates coming soon. If you would like to contact us now to show your interest or be added to our mailing list email email@example.com.
Training venues update
A growing list of problems associated with some of our most frequently used training venues has seen us source and trial a number of new private locations. This is proving to be a successful exercise, with learners now able to enjoy some fantastic facilities.
Emergent changes in some HHSs have seen us lose access to venues at short notice. We appreciate your patience and understanding when we are forced to seek last minute alternative venues; please don't forget to check the venue details in your confirmation and reminder messages in case of these changes.
This includes checking venue attachments we provide which may include important parking or catering limitation information.
Keeping up to date records
No matter where you are working, your Learning Centre profile and training history can remain active.
Keeping your profile information up to date is important so that you:
can receive your upcoming course/enrolment notifications - including email and text message confirmations and training reminders (a second email may be included to enable access of your correspondence from a personal account/on your days off)
show in your relevant HHS reports and contribute to valueable stakeholder information that informs future development.
Please ensure that you regularly check and update your address, work team/location, HHS, contact phone number email address.
If you require any support to update your profile or include additional details such as a phone number or second email address, please contact our Business Support Assistant.
What's coming next?
Our team have been busy considering ways in which we can better support the professional development of Educators in Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Services; development of a series of training options for educators is underway - we hope to share more with you about this in the next edition.
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