Children and Mental Health Conference
- : Melbourne VIC 3001
This conference focuses on the mental health of children from early childhood through to pre-teens. Gain important knowledge now and immediately apply to your practice and improve health outcomes. Topics include:
- Brain development and mental health - what’s the connection?
- The power of attachment and causes of failure to bond
- Psychotropic medications - correct indications of pharmacologic treatments
- Promoting mental wellbeing in children - what matters?
- Legal status of children and issues such as mandatory reporting
- Autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, eating disorders and much, much more...
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Michele MeehanPromoting Mental Wellbeing in Children
There can be no doubt that mental wellbeing is essential to function effectively within society. However, several factors will influence positive development and as such there is growing support for the mental wellbeing of children, especially in their early years. How has public policy supported children and parents to achieve this goal? This introductory session discusses:
- What do we mean by mental wellbeing in children?
- How does this differ from prevention of mental illness?
- What role does mental wellbeing have in the developmental processes of children?
- What are the some of the interventions/programs that have successfully resulted in mental wellbeing in children?
Kate McNeillyMental Health Risk and Protective Factors
Children can develop the same mental health conditions as adults with the high prevalence disorders being anxiety, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These may have long-term effects on the children affected and their families. The warning signs may be hard to identify and children may miss out on appropriate treatment. This session looks at:
- How is mental illness in children defined in general?
- Are signs of mental illness in children specific to their age and developmental stage?
- Is there a genetic predisposition to mental illness?
- Can mental illness in children be averted?
- Which evidenced-based treatment is appropriate for children?
10:45 MORNING TEA
TBABrain Development and Mental Health in Children
Construction of the brain is a process that that extends into adulthood. There are factors that will contribute to normal brain development in childhood in a way that supports a strong healthy foundation for the future. But other negative influences can increase the risk of mental health problems or illness in childhood through to adulthood. To further understand the links between brain development and mental health and wellbeing in children, this session will discuss:
- What are the stages of brain development?
- Is one stage more important than another in promoting positive mental wellbeing?
- What factors can interrupt healthy brain development in children?
- Early identification of neurodevelopmental disorders
Michele MeehanAttachment - One Key to Childhood Mental Wellbeing
A secure and enduring bond between an infant and parent or caregiver is critical to the healthy development of all children. But becoming attached is a complex process that is individualised and occasionally there will be reasons for the failure to bond and consequently an inability to connect with the infant. In this session, we will look at:
- What is attachment theory, and mindful and reflective parenting?
- What are some of the antecedents and critical attributes for attachment?
- How can successful attachment be measured?
- How can you help to improve attachment?
- What is Reactive Detachment Disorder?
1:15PM LUNCH BREAK
Dr Susie BurkeImpacts of Climate Change and Extreme Weather Disasters on Children’s Health and Wellbeing
Climate change is arguably the biggest health threat in the 21st century, and children are disproportionately affected by it. Already we are seeing climate disruption in many places on the globe. Extreme weather will have flow on effects on spread of disease, heat related illnesses, respiratory illnesses, and mental health and psychosocial problems. This session looks at the impact of climate change on children, with a particular focus on the impact of extreme weather disasters on children’s mental health and psychological wellbeing. Includes:
- Climate change and the impacts on physical and mental health
- Risk of extreme weather event disasters in Australia
- Typical reaction to disasters in children
- Risk factors for mental health effects for children affected by disaster
- Warning signs of trauma in children
- The difference between Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and PTSD
- Protective factors for children
- Interventions for children and young people
- Addressing climate change to protect children’s wellbeing
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr Shaamini Lokuge-Hayes, Robyn Stephen and Dr Sophie BanfieldAutism Spectrum Disorder
It is estimated that one person in every 100 has autism in Australia. It affects almost four times as many boys than girls. Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that mainly affects social communication, social interaction and restricted or repetitive behaviours and interests. This session will focus on working with children who Autism Spectrum Disorder and their parents. Includes:
- What are Autism Spectrum Disorder behaviours?
- Developmental screening for Autism
- A multidisciplinary approach to improving outcomes for children and their families
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAMDay Two
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
TBABullying and Cyber-Bullying
Bullying in adolescents is a very common situation. It is known to be a cause of profound physical, psychological and emotional harm. This engaging session will examine the role of bullying in adolescents, the act of ‘bystanding’ and how social relationships emerge around the bullying activity. Topics include:
- What signs would make you suspicious that bullying is occurring?
- How to approach bullying events and protect a child is being bullied
- Suicide ideation - what are you looking for?
- What is everyone's role in regard to bullying?
- Do school policies make a difference?
TBALife Interrupted - ODD and CD
A number of factors may contribute to the development of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD). Often considered a result of ineffective discipline, lack of supervision, neglect or abuse, ODD if left unmanaged can result in CD. This session looks at this behavioural problem and includes:
- What causes disruptive and challenging behaviour associated with ODD and CD?
- At what stage development can these behaviours manifest?
- What are the trajectories of ODD and CD if left untreated?
- Disruptive behaviours and poor learning skills - what to do?
- The most effective evidenced-based treatment for ODD and CD
- Resilience and perseverance – supporting the child and the parents or carers
10:30 MORNING TEA
Dr Daryl EfronUnderstanding ADHD
Additional Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is described as “a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development…” (DSM-5). Deciding if a child has ADHD is a process involving several steps and there no single test for diagnosis. This session includes:
- What are the early signs and symptoms of ADHD?
- What other conditions may be associated with, or mimic ADHD?
- What are the empirically-proven treatments?
- Understanding ADHD in the context of the child’s developmental strengths and weaknesses
- Trajectories of ADHD across the lifespan
Associate Professor Louis RollerPsychotropic Medicines - 2016 Update
Children experiencing mood disorders may be prescribed a psychotropic medicine as one form of their treatment depending on the severity of the disorder. The pharmacology approach has increased as new medicines become available. This session will focus on the types of medicines, their actions, contra-indications and monitoring. Includes:
- What are treatment algorithms for mood disorders?
- Which are the commonly prescribed medicines for children with mood disorders?
- Metabolic metabolism in children and doses of medicines
- What risk factors are associated with psychiatric medicines, including the use of antidepressants and suicidality, in children?
12:45PM LUNCH BREAK
Arabella ThomasEating Disorders in Children and Adolescents
While eating disorders most commonly manifest during adolescence, young children can also be affected. Children as young as eight are being admitted and this is increasing. It has been reported that up to 80% of girls aged 10 in the US have already been on a diet. Eating disorders are about underlying emotions but what of parents who restrict certain foods. This session will look at:
- What underlying problem might be signalled by changes in behaviour with food?
- Way are eating disorders dangerous in young children and particularly hard to diagnose?
- Potential consequences of restrictive diets controlled by parents’ beliefs
Donna EadeWho Am I? Gender Issues and Mental Health in the Clinical Setting
Gender issues have had much media attention and awareness of late. The topic is sometimes not well understood by nurses and therefore children who experience such issues may not receive appropriate care when they present to the clinical setting. Careful clinical assessment and treatment enables improved physical and mental health outcomes for these children. This session will cover:
- What is a gender issue?
- How do we assess and treat gender issues in the clinical setting?
- Common mental health issues in a young person who is experiencing transgender changes
- Key terms explained and practical advice to ensure your use of languages sensitive
- Overview of key areas of supporting referral mechanisms
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Amanda WynneThe Legal Parameters of Childhood Mental Health and Wellbeing
Nurses who care for children are often faced with issues of legality and what are the rights of a child. Nurses may also be unaware to what their responsibilities are in delivering quality care to children and improve wellbeing. This final session will discuss:
- Legal status of children
- Mandatory Reporting
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
The Goal Need for Program
As there is generally more awareness of mental health in society there is a need for better understanding of the impacts of mental illness on children and their parents. This will assist in the way in which you comprehend, relate, refer and provide nursing care, helping to improve child and family outcomes.Purpose of Program
The purpose of this conference is to provide education that increases confidence of nurses when relating to and caring for families with issues of mental health and result in improved health outcomes.Your learning outcomes:
Children who are cared for by you will receive a relevant response to their behavioural issue
A family will be properly supported and appropriate referrals made to ensure a child receives optimal mental health support
Families will feel encouraged to discuss mental health concerns in an environment that is safe and non-threatening particularly in regard to violence
An increase in knowledge about paediatric mental health will enable you to be more confident when discussing these issuesPresenters
Michele Meehan is a Maternal and Child Health Nurse currently working in her private practice, 'Parenting Matters', who now lectures ... Read More
Dr Susie Burke is a psychologist working at the Australian Psychological Society, looking at ways of using psychological knowledge to ...Read More
Dr Shaamini Lokuge-Hayes is an experienced general and developmental paediatrician working in a range of settings including: the Department of ... Read More
Robyn Stephen is the founder and Principal of Robyn Stephen and Associates and has over 30 years clinical & management ... Read More
Dr Sophie Banfield is a clinical psychologist with over ten years of experience. Sophie has experience working in a range ... Read More
Dr Daryl Efron is a developmental-behavioural paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Senior Lecturer in the University of Melbourne ... Read More
Louis joined the Monash University Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1963. He was variously the Associate Dean Teaching ... Read More
Donna Eade is a Clinical Nurse Consultant at The Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service. Donna is passionate about adolescent health ...Read More
Amanda Wynne is a barrister at the Victorian Bar whose practice includes family law, child abuse, family violence, mental health, ... Read More
Kate McNeilly is an experienced psychologist and the Health and Community Senior Project Officer for Kidsmatter. Kate is passionate about ... Read More
Arabella Thomas is a Clinical Dietitian at Monash Health. Arabella works in the Dietary Therapies for Epilepsy Service. ... Read More
To Be Determined