Welcome to 2016... what's in store for e-mental health?
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Well it's February already - who can believe it!!??  And the eMHPrac team has another year of excitement ahead of us.  We are planning for this newsletter to be packed with information about e-mental health and we want to tailor it for you.

Whether you're a GP, work in Allied Health, or are a service provider working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, we've got e-mental health news and information just for you.

So email us with any questions you have about training, e-mental health programs and apps, or any other questions you have about mental health and technology - and we'll aim to get those answered for you in our monthly Q&A section of the newsletter.

The eMHPrac Team



Black Dog Institute’s emHPrac Team is getting fabulous feedback about the online learning modules that they’ve developed to help GPs to learn about eMH.

Here’s an example from Dr G:

“I am a GP registrar and was feeling very helpless when it came to being able to offer advice and guidance to patients with MH issues. I needed an introduction into resources that was available out there. At first it was all very overwhelming, however after completing the modules I now feel I have a better grasp and will be able to use it as an extra tool in my tool-kit to provide excellent, well-rounded patient care.”

The modules were launched in their entirety in late 2015 following the publication of the Royal Australian College of General Guide to the use of eMH for GPs to which the team also contributed heavily.
The online learning modules are available free of charge and are accredited by RACGP and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) in their ongoing education programs. Completing all six modules draws 40 points as an Active learning module – as one of the GP participants said “it was the most enjoyable 40 points I’ve ever earned”.

Other mental health professionals have been accessing the modules too, as access is not restricted to GPs. One social worker said “this has been great module to learn about what is available online, but also to see and understand how GP's can also use eMh resources to support patients”

The modules include information about reliable programs and resources and suggestions about ways to use them. They also include insight into how face to face cognitive behavioural therapy has been translated in to the online environment. Case examples are used and videos of the “insides” of programs are very helpful introductions to the programs themselves.

"I found the learning module extremely helpful, having recently returned to work after many years in a specialised field. It was very encouraging to learn about the wide range of high quality resources that are available and I will certainly incorporate them into my practice" (Dr S)

Every newsletter from next month will showcase an online program, service or app in the arena of e-mental health.  Is there anything in particular you'd like to see in March?

Let us know.
Save the dates! 
A FREE National Train the Trainer program in e-mental health for service providers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is being held on 28 and 29 April and 12 and 13 May in Cairns.  Click here for more info and to register.
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