National Mental Health Forum: Spotlight Training & Events Issue 12

Akolade’s National Mental Health Forum provides delegates with comprehensive understanding of how Australia’s health reforms impact their own organisations. Attendees will gain strategic tools to effectively transition and adapt to the reforms, while improving their mental health service deliveries to have a broader impact on the mental health outcomes of Australia’s consumers.

To learn more and to register, visit Akolade’s National Mental Health Forum website.

 *Information sourced from the National Mental Health Forum website. 


Critical Incident Management in Human & Community Services: Spotlight Training & Events Issue 12

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On 5th June 2017, Connections Training and Wellness Centre will host a professional development opportunity entitled Critical Incident Management in Human and Community Services (Part 1). 

This half day workshop is specifically designed to assist workers in support roles to improve their knowledge and understanding of risk and how risk is addressed. By establishing trusting and collaborative relationships, workers will be better able to support others to plan ahead, learn from experience and access opportunities for personal development and growth.

This workshop looks at the importance of understanding the Bataris box . It will also work through the COP and POP strategies to assist support worker to work effectively within a recovery framework.

To learn more, visit the event webpage.

*Information sourced from Connections Training and Wellness Centre.

2017 Family Connections Leaders Training Brisbane: Spotlight Training & Events Issue 12

National Education Alliance of Borderline Personality Disorder, Australia (NEA.BPDAust), in partership with Queensland Health will be running the 2017 Family Connections Training on 1st and 2nd July 2017 in Brisbane with Professor Alan Fruzzetti.

Family Connections is an evidence-based program for families and friends of people with borderline personality disorder that provides peer support, psycho-education and skills anchored in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). The FCLT will comprise two full days of intensive training to enable participants to volunteer as leaders of the Internationally renowned Family Connections program.

This training is only for those who wish to run NEA.BPDAust’s Family Connections Groups as volunteer leaders.

For further information please download the FCLAT brochure or visit NEA.BPDAust


Norther Queensland myPHN Conference: Spotlight Training & Events Issue 12


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Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) invites you to join them at their 2nd Annual National myPHN Conference on 8th and 9th July 2017 in Cairns.

This year’s theme ‘myPHN Conference 2017: Transforming healthcare together’ will explore the ever changing landscape of health across Australia, focusing on current health reforms, the future of digital health and what they mean for you.

In one weekend, you will get up to speed on these crucial topics by listening and engaging with over 40 world-class speakers, as well as connecting with fellow health industry professionals.

myPHN Conference 2017 will address how we can work together to provide optimum service to our patients through a series of purposeful workshops and presentations.

After a sell-out inaugural event in 2016, myPHN will this year deliver a conference program to prepare you for the future, with key streams including social determinants of health, partnerships in primary health and digital and data innovation.

Conference Chair, Professor Brian Dolan, will lead the interactive two-day program which also includes pre-conference workshops, myPHN networking events and a Digital Health Breakfast.

For more information and to register, visit

*Information sourced from NQPHN.

Registrations Open for 2016 Mental Health Forums: Spotlight News Issue 11

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The Queensland Government established a Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre (BAC) on 16 July 2015. The Government response to the BAC COI Report, publicly released on 18 July 2016, accepted all six recommendations in principle.

Throughout May, Queensland Health will be updating progress on implementing the Government response to the Barrett Adolescent Centre COI report by hosting several Youth Mental Health Forums. These Forums will be held in most major cities in Queensland between 2 May and 2 June 2017.

Please note that the Brisbane Forum scheduled for 2 June is now full. 

For further detail and to register to attend a Forum, visit Get Involved on the Queensland Health website.


Working with People with an Intellectual Disability – Part 2 “What makes a good support worker: Spotlight Training and Events Issue 11

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Connections Training and Wellness Centre is hosting a professional development workshop entitled Working with People with an Intellectual Disability – Part 2 “What makes a good support worker on 6 June 2017.

With the introduction of the NDIS and the move in Queensland to the ‘Your Life Your Choice’ program workers are now required to support clients outside of their organisation’s traditional client base. If this is your experience, then come along to this introductory session.

In the next workshop this series, participants will explore in depth what makes a good support worker for individuals with an intellectual disability. Deconstructing this topic through group discussion on best practice will support participants to identify strategies that will make a difference to the lives of those they support.

Skill development will be discussed as a primary tool for support workers to empower individuals, along with appropriate communication strategies.

For further details and to register, visit Connections Training and Wellness Centre.


Metro North Health Forum 2017: Spotlight Training and Events Issue 11

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Brisbane North Primary Health Network (PHN) is hosting the Metro North Health Forum – Evolution or Revolution: A journey to better health on 31 May at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane.

The forum will provide up to date information in the areas of:

  • health care for older people
  • mental health, alcohol and other drugs
  • initiatives connecting care for people with complex health needs.

It will be an opportunity for you to learn first-hand how MNHHS and Brisbane North PHN are working together with a focus on integrated care. The forum presents a networking opportunity for people working in health and community services as well as consumer and community groups.

For further details and to register, visit the event website.


Special Showing: When the Bough Breaks_Spotlight Member Activities Issue 11

Logo for Peach Tree Perinatal WellnessYou are invited to a networking event for professionals working in the perinatal sector in Brisbane on Friday 26 May. The event will be hosted by QAMH member, Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness, who will present a special showing of the newly released USA documentary ‘When the Bough Breaks’.

This is a documentary produced in the United States and shines a bright light on the serious issues associated with postpartum depression and psychosis.

For further information and to book, visit the event website.