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Supporting community mental health following disaster – North west

Training package exploring the key role of primary care professionals in mental health and wellbeing.
Facilitated by:
Primary Health Tasmania
Dr Anna Wolf - Phoenix Australia, Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow
Date and time:
Tuesday 19 March 2024 - 5:45pm to 9:30pm
Bayviews Restaurant & Lounge Bar, Level 1, 2 North Terrace, Burnie TAS 7320
Primary care providers working in the following LGAs: Break O’Day, Burnie, Central Coast, Central Highlands, Circular Head, Devonport, Dorset, Flinders, George Town, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Kentish, Latrobe, Launceston, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands, Waratah-Wynyard, West Coast and West Tamar.

Participate in a 3-hour face-to-face workshop, aimed at building the skills providers need to support people who experience disasters. This will include exploring the mental health impacts of disaster, understanding their role in disaster recovery, strategies for supporting individuals and the broader community, while also focusing on maintaining health and wellbeing. This workshop will be held in the evening with dinner provided for attendees.

This workshop is the main event of a tailored learning package, prior to the event, participants will be given access to the following pre-learning activities:

  1. Watch a pre-recorded 2-hour webinar, delivered by Phoenix Australia experts Dr John Cooper, consultant psychiatrist and Alex Howard, Director of Disasters and Public Emergencies. This webinar addresses important concepts relevant to the mental health impacts of disasters.
  2. Undertake a self-guided activity, in which you explore the “Disaster Recovery Toolkits” available on the Phoenix Australia Disaster Mental Health Hub, reflect on current clients and nominate clients or patients who might benefit from use of these resources in aiding recovery.

Please note that a workshop is also being held in the North – click here for more information

This is a RACGP approved training package, which will include 5 hours Educational Activities, 1.5 hours Reviewing Performance, and 2.5 hours Measuring Outcomes – a total of 9 hours.

Please note that all activities must be completed to receive CPD accreditation.

Topics covered:

  • describe the mental health impacts of disasters, including compounding disasters
  • select actions to mitigate the mental health impacts at individual and community levels
  • outline self-care strategies to maintain mental health when supporting others in disasters
  • review patient suitability for and nominate low intensity psychological interventions to support patient care following disaster
  • identify, select, and predict outcomes of appropriate monitoring strategies
  • apply to practice evidence-based strategies designed to build resilience for patients who have experienced disaster
  • amend treatment plans and interventions based on patient outcomes.

Speaker information:

Dr Anna Wolf is a Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow at Phoenix Australia.  She has worked as a clinician for over 10 years across various public and private hospitals, and not-for-profit organisations. She has also conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Melbourne.  Anna currently works in Phoenix Australia’s Training and Workforce Development team. Using both her clinical and research background, she provides specialist trauma-focussed education and training to various organisations, health professionals and the public.