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As 2016 comes to a close, we hope that the year has been a good one for you, and that you are gearing up to enjoy the holiday season.

This year was a busy one for the eMHPrac team, with awareness raising and training at the forefront. We've been training people across the country and have presented at conferences from Cairns to Melbourne to Port Lincoln.  

So from all of us here at eMHPrac – we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
DIGITAL MENTAL HEALTH FOR GPs

Black Dog Institute eMHPrac Team
  • Free, accredited online mental health training is available for GPs. Online learning modules are free of charge and fully accredited by the RACGP and ACRRM. Completion of all 6 modules provides a Cat 1 ALM or individual modules can be completed for 2 points each. 
  • eMH webinars are available to watch on-demand, with more live events to come in 2017. Our accredited webinars explore the use of evidence based online resources in general practice, while increasing GP familiarity with these resources and confidence in incorporating them into patient care. Participation provides GPs with 2 QI&CPD or 2 Core ACRRM points per webinar. 
  • 'e-Mental Health: A guide for GPs' is an evidence-based guide for using e-Mental Health programs, tools and resources to treat mild to moderate depression and anxiety. This resource, developed in partnership with the RACGP, provides GPs with training and support to effectively implement e-Mental Health in their General Practice and signposts important resources and places to find information. 
  • For more information about training and resources for GPs, please email education@blackdog.org.au

DIGITAL MENTAL HEALTH FOR ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Australian National University eMHPrac Team

Using Mobile Apps in Your Work webinar
  • This webinar provides information on evaluating the quality and effectiveness of mental health apps, using mental health apps within existing clinical practice, and practical ways to support clients’ use of apps.
  • To view materials on digital mental health for Allied Health information click here, or for more information contact Julia Reynolds e: julia.reynolds@anu.edu.au
 
DIGITAL MENTAL HEALTH FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS WORKING WITH ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT
ISLANDER PEOPLE

University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) eMHPrac Team
  • The UCRH Team have been developing an online Social and Emotional Wellbeing Resource Toolkit for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and community workers, and plan to teach these workers and other service providers the skills they need to build their own Toolkit in their mobile devices.
  • To find out more about this project, contact Sasha Harrington e: sasha.harrington@ucrh.edu.au; t: 02 6620 7343; m: 0475 523 412

Menzies School of Health Research eMHPrac Team 
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) eMHPrac Team
  • The eMHPrac Team visited Thursday Island on November 29 for a one-day training workshop with service providers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The workshop provided information about e-mental health resources and the best way to use them to improve the social and emotional well-being of clients. 
  • QUT is also providing e-mental health train the trainer courses for service providers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Far North Queensland.
  • QUT is also working with urban Aboriginal health services in Brisbane and the greater region. 
  • For more information contact Carla Rogers e: carla.rogers@qut.edu.au; m: 0408 718 755

The eMHPrac Website

The eMHPrac website offers information about Australian e-mental health services, news about upcoming e-mental health events, webinars and videos, fact sheets, slide shows, journal articles, service directories, and provides access to free training.         
Social Media

To keep up to date with mental health and wellbeing in the digital age, be sure to follow/like/join our social media pages:
  • eMHPrac Exchange - an online space for mental health workers and other allied health practitioners to learn more about Australian e-mental health resources and share ways of working with e-mental health resources.
  • eMHPrac Community - a community for GPs interested in using e-Mental Health to improve patient outcomes. In this online community for GPs exclusively, experiences can be shared, questions asked and information about e-Mental Health programs and resources accessed.
  • Twitter: @emhprac_central and @emhprac (eMHPrac Exchange)
  • Facebook: eMHPrac
eMHPrac Out & About
Earlier in November the eMHPrac Team attended the 8th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium in Kingscliff NSW, where the team presented on a number of topics including:
  • Digital Mental Health: Does Practitioner Awareness of Programs Translate to Program Referral?
  • A Trip Around the Mental Health Web: How to put Digital Mental Health into Practice
  • Digital Mental Health: Training the Trainers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
  • Uptake of E-Mental Health Resources Amongst Aboriginal Health Workers After a Training Program: What Can We All Learn?
  • Integrating e-MH into Primary Care Mental Health Service Delivery
Upcoming Events
  • In January The Australian National University will be releasing online modules for Allied Health
  • The first in a series of podcasts for GPs will be available in December 2016
  • The eMHPrac webinar series for GPs will continue in 2017

Would you like further resources?
The eMHPrac Resource Guide for Practitioners provides a useful overview of various Australian online and teleweb programs. A PDF version can be accessed on our website, or to place an order for hardcopy versions please email emhprac@qut.edu.au or use the eMHPrac Hard Copy Resources Form on our website. 


We hope you have a very relaxing Christmas, and we'll see you in the New Year!! 
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