Towards Wellbeing

APMHA HealthCare can design courses, deliver training and other educational interventions, tailored to your organisation. Our consultant’s in-depth knowledge and understanding of contemporary mental health policy and practice, across a plenitude of mental health areas, ensures your organisations individual and unique training needs will be fully met.  Training and education can be delivered in-house or at one of our modern, accommodating training units throughout Australia.

Training and education can be delivered in-house or at venue of your choice, alternatively we can provide webinar options for some modules.

The APMHA HealthCare regularly looks to organise, host and promote up to date, suitable information sharing events across a range of mediums, including webinars, peer support meetings, conferences and seminars. We endeavour to meet the educational and support needs of our members, consumers and carers and encourage active participation, through the APMH Alliance online community, in deciding future events.

APMHA HealthCare education and training includes:

  • Development of workshops, webinars and online education/training
  • Development of educational resources to support primary health care workforces  - factsheets, brochures, frameworks and guidelines
  • Training needs analysis, CPD support, and accreditation of training through peak bodies
  • Workforce capacity building through training, facilitation and consulting services

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Training Packages

Mental Health First Aid

The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to a person who is developing a mental illness, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received, or the crisis resolves. The course curriculum is evidence-based and informed by Mental Health First Aid Australia Guidelines.

MHFA courses cover the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems such as depression, anxiety problems, psychosis and substance use problems. Participants will learn how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation. Crisis situations include: suicidal behaviours, self-harm, panic attacks, traumatic events, severe effects of drug and alcohol use, severe psychotic states and aggressive behaviours.

Most courses are delivered as a 2 day training course (6 hours per day), or can be delivered as 4 separate training modules (3 hours each). Participants will be provided with a copy of the relevant MHFA Manual, a Certificate of Attendance or can obtain a ‘Certificate of Mental Health First Aid’ if they go on to complete an open book online examination through Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Course options that target specific cohorts include: 

  • Standard MHFA
  • Youth MHFA
  • Older Person MHFA (new program)
  • Vietnamese MHFA (TBC)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MHFA (TBC)
  • MHFA For the Suicidal Person (4 hours to complement other MHFA courses)
PrimeCare Mental Health Skills Training

This workshop is specifically for GPs and GP registrars. It is delivered over 6 hours, as a 2 part series or a full day workshop. The workshop has been developed by GPs and a Mental Health Nurse to assist GPs to confidently respond to presenting mental health issues in the context of the busy general practice environment. The workshop comes with presentation slides, work book, reference text book, and all templates which can be implemented with patients, and includes some basic intervention skills training which GPs can commence in practice. It also includes a 1 hour predisposing activity and a 1 hour reinforcing activity.

Mental Health Foundations Training

This workshop is designed to support direct care staff (primary health and general practice nurses) in their daily engagement with patients who have a mental illness. It provides an overview of common mental health conditions and is tailored to meet the needs of busy nurses whilst improving their confidence to respond and work with patients who have a mental illness. The workshop is delivered over 3 hours in one workshop or can be delivered as a 3 part series if preferred. This workshop includes a 30 minute predisposing activity, a 30 minute reinforcing activity and some basic skills training that nurses can utilise in practice with their patients.

My Health, My Way – journey to recovery

This 2 day workshop is designed to support the clinician working with clients with various chronic conditions on their journey to health and recovery. It focuses on clients’ core values and beliefs as a base for determining readiness for change and recovery pathways, and integrates models and theoretical concepts from the evidence-based health behaviour change and recovery orientated practice literature. Techniques covered include: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; Motivational interviewing; Solutionfocused therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The workshop includes 1 hour of pre reading and a 30 minute reinforcing activity.

Communication Skills for Conflict Resolution and Managing Aggressive Behaviours

This 3 hour workshop is designed for primary health care professionals working in a variety of health environments (general practice, community health, AOD, aged care) to improve their communication skills for managing conflict, abuse and aggression and to de-escalate potentially unsafe, violent situations. This workshop engages participants in lively conversation, activities and case scenarios to work through strategies for improved communication and will enable participants to practice initial crisis intervention skills that would be put in place until a mental health or other appropriate health professional can assist.

Introduction to Primary Care for Transitioning Staff

This 3 hour workshop is designed for mental health clinicians who are transitioning from tertiary to primary health care. It has been designed to provide foundations training for transitioning staff by providing an overview of primary health care, MBS and other funding streams and how different funding streams impact of service delivery. It will also provide transitioning staff an understanding of business viability in primary health care environments, data collection and documentation requirements, understanding scope of practice in a new primary care role and will offer insights into collaborative team based primary health care.

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention

This 2 hour workshop is designed to improve alcohol screening and brief intervention skills of nurses who are ideally placed to deliver brief interventions in primary health care settings given their involvement in health promotion and their repeated contact with clients. This workshop utilises best practice for alcohol screening and brief interventions and encourages nurses to put alcohol use and risky drinking culture on the practice agenda to identify patients at risk. The workshop will cover standard drinks and excessive drinking, health impacts of alcohol, use of an AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test) and offer nurses more information about Brief Intervention (BI) techniques that can be used to initiate change for an unhealthy or risky behaviour such as smoking, lack of exercise or alcohol misuse.

Advanced Suicide Prevention Training

This 3 hour workshop is designed to increase health professionals’ skills and confidence in undertaking a detailed history and working with a client to develop a collaborative management plan to increase their safety especially in times where they may experience suicidal ideation. The workshop will cover all aspects relating to suicide prevention including asking leading questions, assessing suicidal risk, understanding ideation versus intent versus planned, managing crisis and the suicidal client, supporting family and post suicide attempt intervention.

ASIST – Advance Suicide Interventions Skills Training

ASIST is a globally recognised suicide intervention workshop that teaches participants to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. This workshop is held over two consecutive days (15 hours) and is facilitated by two ASIST trainers with 15-30 participants to ensure participants are well supported and can fully engage in all activities. The workshop is divided into five sections that gradually build comfort and understanding around suicide and suicide interventions which have been shown in a number of evaluations and peer-reviewed studies to help participants become more willing, ready and able to intervene with someone at risk of suicide.

Working with Young People

This 3 hour workshop is aimed at GPs and nurses working in primary health care. The workshop follows three case scenarios which will be used to work through the key learning areas. It will provide tips, tools and techniques for working with young people more fluidly and confidently. Areas covered include: issues faced by young people when accessing health services, areas of confusion regarding legal rights of the adolescent, undertaking an adolescent health assessment using HEADSS and improving communication and approachability with young people who can be difficult to engage.

Kids in Focus

Kids in Focus is a workshop developed for GPs and Registrars to support their skills and confidence in undertaking child mental health assessments. Many PHNs are struggling with low GP referrals for child mental health services despite many families attending general practice articulating behavioural issues with their children. However, GPs may not be confident to assess young children under 12 for mental health issues and are consequently reluctant to assess the child and family to ascertain best options. This 2.5 hour workshop will lead the participant through practical tools and processes to conduct a Child Mental Health Assessment to be able to confidently understand what the core issues are for the presenting child and their family, as well as refer and work collaboratively with specialist child services.

Cultural Training – Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

APMHA HealthCare is currently working with two Aboriginal women, one a mental health social worker and one an academic, to develop a tailored 6-hour package on cultural training for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples. The workshop will focus on understanding: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing; working with communities and elders; cumulative trauma and cultural translation – understanding differing cultures and spirituality and how this impacts on health and health engagement.

Workforce capacity building

APMHA HealthCare has extensive experience in working with management, executive teams and boards as well as working with direct health care providers. We are experienced in developing and facilitating strategic workshops to meet business, organisational, program and project needs. Our workshops include those related to business development, team building and change management and can be tailored to meet your specific needs

Workshops include

Herrmann Whole Brain Thinking ®

This workshop will enable participants to learn about the thinking that drives performance. The 120-question Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument® (HBDI®) assessment evaluates and describes the degree of preference people have for thinking in each of the four brain quadrants, as depicted by the Herrmann Whole Brain® Model. The HBDI® teaches people how to: communicate with those who have similar preferences as well as those who think differently; improve decision making and problem solving; appreciate diverse thinking preferences and how they contribute to outcomes and enables people to see beyond mental blind spots to reach results. This workshop will offer participants the Herrmann Whole Brain® Model, which is easy to understand, easy to remember and easy to apply. The workshop will identify how the model was created for solving problems in a business environment and designed to help people get to implementation phases so that they can quickly benefit. The workshop will also identify how the model can be used to describe a variety of mental processes; from individual and team preferences to customer viewpoints and corporate cultures and will show how the model emphasises peoples’ ability to think across the spectrum of preferences, rather than pigeonhole, limit or put people into ‘types’.

Business Essentials Workshops

This 3 hour workshop covers two core business areas: Responsive business planning and business contingency and risk management. Business planning includes understanding populations health, service gaps and local needs, understanding funding streams, prioritising goals and planning a relevant workforce and building partnerships. The second area will identify the components of a business contingency plan and provide participants with interactive opportunities to discuss potential events that may disrupt operations and what should be included in their own specific contingency and risk management plan.

Trainers Overview

APMHA HealthCare trainers have extensive clinical and training experience and have worked in executive, management and direct care roles. They have worked in Mental Health, AOD, Primary Health, Aboriginal Health and General Practice and together hold the following qualifications:

  • Registered Nurse/ Credentialed Mental Health Nurse
  • Grad. Diploma in Health Science – Young Peoples Mental Health
  • Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing (Infectious Disease)
  • RACGP QI&CPD EAP Provider Cat 1 & 2 status
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education
  • Graduate Diploma in Vocational Education and Training • Certificate IV in Training, Assessment and Education (TAE)
  • Mental Health First Aid Master Trainer
  • Bachelor of Health Science
  • Certificate IV in Drug and Alcohol
  • CPR trainer
  • Prescriber of Pre & Post HIV Blood Test Counselling
  • Family Therapist
  • Advanced Suicide Intervention Skills Training – Train the Trainer (ASIST)
  • GAICD (Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors)
  • Herrman – whole brain thinking practitioner
  • Prince2 Practitioner

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