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Sydney Mental Health Conference

  • : Sydney NSW 2000
Overview

Do you work in a hospital, in primary care, or in the community? Do you regularly care for people with a concurrent mental illness? Even if you are highly experienced in your speciality, are you confident in your knowledge of common mental health conditions? Many people suffering from a mental illness will be admitted to hospital or enter a primary care clinic. Attend this conference to better understand:

  • The multiple myths associated with borderline personality disorder
  • When trauma lingers – a look at PTSD
  • How to perform a mental health examination
  • How to help people work through their anxiety
  • The unsavoury effects of antipsychotic medications and much, much more…
Schedule Day One

8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE


9:00

Welcome and Introduction

9:05

Jennifer Rankine

Where Might it All Begin? Brain Development and Mental Health

Construction of the brain is a process that extends into adulthood. There are factors that will contribute to healthy brain development during childhood and that support a strong, healthy foundation for the future. However, other negative influences can increase the risk of mental health problems or illnesses in childhood right through to adulthood. To further understand the links between brain development and mental health and wellbeing, 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?
  • What activities and connections offer a protective effect?

10:00

Mike Smith

When Trauma Lingers …

Many of us experience trauma. It is not always from typical traumatic events that can threaten our health and safety. Some of us may go on to further experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress or have a diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). What if a patient in your care is experiencing this? Providing comprehensive mental health care that is considerate of a person’s holistic needs is essential if we are to prevent re-traumatisation while in hospital. This session considers practical approaches to supporting a person with PTSD to feel safe during a hospital stay. It includes:

  • What are the co-morbidities that are commonly associated with PTSD?
  • What are the professional implications when caring for people with PTSD?
  • How can we communicate with highly traumatised people?

10:45 MORNING TEA


11:15

Anne Walsh

A Practical Guide to Performing a Mental Health Examination

It is essential that all nurses, not just those working in mental health settings, have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to perform a mental health examination. This practical session will draw on relevant case studies to demonstrate how to assess a person who has a mental illness and may be experiencing mental distress. It includes:

  • What are basic principles of a mental health examination?
  • When would you need to conduct one?
  • When should you escalate or refer to specialist mental health services?

12:00

Elaine Ford

Haggard With Worry? Helping People Experiencing Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety at some level. Without anxiety, we would not be able to recognise a threat or respond to changes in our own wellbeing. However, for some people, anxiety can take over and consume a significant proportion of the time that could be better spent on other life domains. This session will discuss:

  • How anxiety can have both positive and negative impacts on a person's overall health
  • Clinical approaches to treatment
  • How to help people work through their anxiety

1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING


2:00

Elaine Ford

Not Just a Bit Down – Depression and Its Debilitating Effects

Depression is a disorder that affects 1 in 4 people in Australia. It is an illness that can be debilitating to the person and their carers, as well as a challenge to treat. This session will look at:

  • The variations in how a person experiences depression
  • Treatment options
  • Communication skills that are helpful when interacting with someone who experiences depression

3:00 AFTERNOON TEA


3:15

Anne Walsh

How to Take a Drug and Alcohol History

How often do people in your care present with a co-existing or past history of drug and/or alcohol use? It is essential that all nurses remain up-to-date in the appropriate care of those with a history of substance use. If you encounter patients who experience dependence or demonstrate related behaviours, assessment skills are essential. Are you confident you could undertake a comprehensive assessment of a person who has used or is using drugs or alcohol? This session reviews:

  • When might you need to enquire about a person’s history of drug and alcohol use?
  • What types of questions need to be asked and why?
  • How would you differentiate delirium from psychosis?
  • What if your assessment points towards a substance use disorder?

4:15 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE


Day Two

9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO


9:00

Associate Professor Timothy Wand

Recognising Red Flags – Practical De-Escalation Techniques

Stopping smaller incidents from “blowing up” is much more favourable than dealing with a critical incident. It is known that, aside from body language, not only what we say but how we say things is what makes a difference between a violent situation escalating or being defused. This may ultimately be the difference between you being injured or staying safe. This helpful session will provide you with an opportunity to:

  • Identify subtle changes in behaviour that may be a warning sign of aggression
  • Role play the following verbal communication strategies to defuse violence:
    • Words
    • Tone
    • Pitch
    • Pacing
    • Respond calmly with a trauma-informed approach

9:45

Dr Janice Withnall

Calling Time on Wine O’clock?

Recent studies have shown that baby boomers are drinking more than millennials. Worryingly, wine has become somewhat of a normalised source of self-medication for many women. While it may seem ok to have a wine to “take the edge off” a stressful day, this unhealthy habit is having detrimental impacts on health. Let’s discuss:

  • Why are women drinking more than ever?
  • What would constitute an unhealthy habit and how can you identify this?
  • How can we promote healthier habits in women?
  • When might it time to put an end to wine o’clock?

10:45 MORNING TEA


11:15

Christine Muller

The Unsavoury Effects of Psychotropic Medications

There is a range of commonly prescribed medicines for mental health conditions that can have a significant impact on a person’s physical health. Metabolic syndrome associated with the use of antipsychotic medications can create a cascade of poor health outcomes. However, with careful monitoring, identification of risk, and correct treatment, the progression to type II diabetes can be prevented. This session looks at:

  • What is metabolic syndrome?
  • Why is it linked to antipsychotic agents?
  • What factors lead to patient vulnerability to metabolic syndrome?
  • Why is appetite affected with such medications?
  • Can we reduce the progression of metabolic syndrome to type II diabetes?
  • How can monitoring make a difference?

12:15

Christine Muller

Stop Snoozing on Sleep Health

Sleep disruption and disorders are generally under-recognised and, as such, poorly managed. This is despite the increasing amount of research that demonstrates the importance of sleep, not only to physical health but mental wellbeing. For people with a mental illness, certain challenges, such as the side effects of medications and mood disorders like anxiety, might exacerbate the nightly struggle that many of us face. This session explores practical and evidence-based approaches that promote sleep health. It includes:

  • How might a mental illness impact a person’s sleep?
  • What happens to sleep while in hospital?
  • How have we traditionally approached sleep and why doesn’t this work?
  • Who should be completing sleep assessments and are we?

1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING


2:15

Renee Hall

Recognising and Responding to Self-Harm and Suicidal Thoughts

What would you say and how would you respond to a person who has disclosed self-harm or suicidal thought? How would you ensure their safety? A risk assessment is essential if we are to recognise a change in a person’s mental state that may place them in danger of self-harm or suicide. This session looks at how to recognise and respond to a person who may be experiencing self-harm or suicidal thoughts. It includes:

  • What’s the difference between self-harm and suicidal thoughts?
  • What are the common triggers for these feelings?
  • How is a risk assessment conducted?
  • What are the approaches to managing patients who present with self-harm or suicidal thoughts?

3:15 AFTERNOON TEA


3:45

Mike Smith

Understanding Personality Disorders – Sorting Myths from Facts

Personality disorders are some of the most complex mental illnesses. They can be associated with deeply ingrained, extreme, inflexible, and maladaptive patterns of relating to and perceiving both the environment and themselves. There is a need for all nurses to identify and clearly understand personality disorders if people in your care are to receiving best possible health outcomes. This session will include:

  • How are the terms “personality” and “personality disorder” defined?
  • What are the characteristics of a personality disorder?
  • Why can they be challenging?
  • What are some effective communication strategies when caring for people with a personality disorder?

4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS


The Goal Need for Program

People who enter a general healthcare setting with a physical health complication and have a concurrent mental illness must receive comprehensive care. The ability of nurses and other health professionals to provide holistic health care to all people with a co-existing mental illness is highly dependent on a sound knowledge base. There is a timely need for an evidence-based update on a range of common mental health disorders and conditions so that health professionals are better positioned and informed to support a person with a mental illness.

Purpose of Program

To provide nurses and other health professionals who work across a range of general healthcare settings with a comprehensive update on common mental illnesses so as to improve a person’s health outcomes.

Your learning outcomes:

Give a trauma-informed approach to people in your care who have a concurrent mental illness

Improve your understanding of mental illness to result in greater patient satisfaction in general healthcare environments

Provide a feeling of safety and security to people hospitalised with a physical health complication who have a concurrent mental illness as a result of practical techniques being employed

Establish clear personal boundaries and maintain them to promote a strong, safe therapeutic alliance

Presenters

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Mike Smith has been a mental health nurse for 20 years and has master's degree in public health and mental ... Read More

Jennifer Rankine

Jennifer Rankine

Jennifer Rankine is a Registered Nurse and certified midwife who has specialised in child and family health nursing. She has ... Read More

Anne Walsh

Anne Walsh

Anne Walsh started her career in drug and alcohol (D&A) as a police officer and RN/drug and alcohol worker. Anne ... Read More

Elaine Ford

Elaine Ford

Elaine has been nursing for 38 years and has enjoyed working in many acute and non-acute settings in general and ... Read More

Christine Muller

Christine Muller

Chris Muller is a Registered Nurse, currently working as a Nurse Practitioner Adult Mental Health - Justice Health and Forensic ... Read More

Renee Hall

Renee Hall

Renee Hall is a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner. She works in consultation-liaison in the emergency department with Nepean Blue ... Read More

Tim Wand

Tim Wand

Tim Wand is an associate professor of mental health nursing at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Local Health ... Read More

Janice Withnall

Janice Withnall

Since 2004, Dr Janice Withnall, with the initial support of Western Sydney University, explored with midlife women, health practitioners ... Read More

Schedule Day One

8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE


9:00

Welcome and Introduction

9:05

Jennifer Rankine

Where Might it All Begin? Brain Development and Mental Health

Construction of the brain is a process that extends into adulthood. There are factors that will contribute to healthy brain development during childhood and that support a strong, healthy foundation for the future. However, other negative influences can increase the risk of mental health problems or illnesses in childhood right through to adulthood. To further understand the links between brain development and mental health and wellbeing, 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?
  • What activities and connections offer a protective effect?

10:00

Mike Smith

When Trauma Lingers …

Many of us experience trauma. It is not always from typical traumatic events that can threaten our health and safety. Some of us may go on to further experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress or have a diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). What if a patient in your care is experiencing this? Providing comprehensive mental health care that is considerate of a person’s holistic needs is essential if we are to prevent re-traumatisation while in hospital. This session considers practical approaches to supporting a person with PTSD to feel safe during a hospital stay. It includes:

  • What are the co-morbidities that are commonly associated with PTSD?
  • What are the professional implications when caring for people with PTSD?
  • How can we communicate with highly traumatised people?

10:45 MORNING TEA


11:15

Anne Walsh

A Practical Guide to Performing a Mental Health Examination

It is essential that all nurses, not just those working in mental health settings, have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to perform a mental health examination. This practical session will draw on relevant case studies to demonstrate how to assess a person who has a mental illness and may be experiencing mental distress. It includes:

  • What are basic principles of a mental health examination?
  • When would you need to conduct one?
  • When should you escalate or refer to specialist mental health services?

12:00

Elaine Ford

Haggard With Worry? Helping People Experiencing Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety at some level. Without anxiety, we would not be able to recognise a threat or respond to changes in our own wellbeing. However, for some people, anxiety can take over and consume a significant proportion of the time that could be better spent on other life domains. This session will discuss:

  • How anxiety can have both positive and negative impacts on a person's overall health
  • Clinical approaches to treatment
  • How to help people work through their anxiety

1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING


2:00

Elaine Ford

Not Just a Bit Down – Depression and Its Debilitating Effects

Depression is a disorder that affects 1 in 4 people in Australia. It is an illness that can be debilitating to the person and their carers, as well as a challenge to treat. This session will look at:

  • The variations in how a person experiences depression
  • Treatment options
  • Communication skills that are helpful when interacting with someone who experiences depression

3:00 AFTERNOON TEA


3:15

Anne Walsh

How to Take a Drug and Alcohol History

How often do people in your care present with a co-existing or past history of drug and/or alcohol use? It is essential that all nurses remain up-to-date in the appropriate care of those with a history of substance use. If you encounter patients who experience dependence or demonstrate related behaviours, assessment skills are essential. Are you confident you could undertake a comprehensive assessment of a person who has used or is using drugs or alcohol? This session reviews:

  • When might you need to enquire about a person’s history of drug and alcohol use?
  • What types of questions need to be asked and why?
  • How would you differentiate delirium from psychosis?
  • What if your assessment points towards a substance use disorder?

4:15 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE


Day Two

9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO


9:00

Associate Professor Timothy Wand

Recognising Red Flags – Practical De-Escalation Techniques

Stopping smaller incidents from “blowing up” is much more favourable than dealing with a critical incident. It is known that, aside from body language, not only what we say but how we say things is what makes a difference between a violent situation escalating or being defused. This may ultimately be the difference between you being injured or staying safe. This helpful session will provide you with an opportunity to:

  • Identify subtle changes in behaviour that may be a warning sign of aggression
  • Role play the following verbal communication strategies to defuse violence:
    • Words
    • Tone
    • Pitch
    • Pacing
    • Respond calmly with a trauma-informed approach

9:45

Dr Janice Withnall

Calling Time on Wine O’clock?

Recent studies have shown that baby boomers are drinking more than millennials. Worryingly, wine has become somewhat of a normalised source of self-medication for many women. While it may seem ok to have a wine to “take the edge off” a stressful day, this unhealthy habit is having detrimental impacts on health. Let’s discuss:

  • Why are women drinking more than ever?
  • What would constitute an unhealthy habit and how can you identify this?
  • How can we promote healthier habits in women?
  • When might it time to put an end to wine o’clock?

10:45 MORNING TEA


11:15

Christine Muller

The Unsavoury Effects of Psychotropic Medications

There is a range of commonly prescribed medicines for mental health conditions that can have a significant impact on a person’s physical health. Metabolic syndrome associated with the use of antipsychotic medications can create a cascade of poor health outcomes. However, with careful monitoring, identification of risk, and correct treatment, the progression to type II diabetes can be prevented. This session looks at:

  • What is metabolic syndrome?
  • Why is it linked to antipsychotic agents?
  • What factors lead to patient vulnerability to metabolic syndrome?
  • Why is appetite affected with such medications?
  • Can we reduce the progression of metabolic syndrome to type II diabetes?
  • How can monitoring make a difference?

12:15

Christine Muller

Stop Snoozing on Sleep Health

Sleep disruption and disorders are generally under-recognised and, as such, poorly managed. This is despite the increasing amount of research that demonstrates the importance of sleep, not only to physical health but mental wellbeing. For people with a mental illness, certain challenges, such as the side effects of medications and mood disorders like anxiety, might exacerbate the nightly struggle that many of us face. This session explores practical and evidence-based approaches that promote sleep health. It includes:

  • How might a mental illness impact a person’s sleep?
  • What happens to sleep while in hospital?
  • How have we traditionally approached sleep and why doesn’t this work?
  • Who should be completing sleep assessments and are we?

1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING


2:15

Renee Hall

Recognising and Responding to Self-Harm and Suicidal Thoughts

What would you say and how would you respond to a person who has disclosed self-harm or suicidal thought? How would you ensure their safety? A risk assessment is essential if we are to recognise a change in a person’s mental state that may place them in danger of self-harm or suicide. This session looks at how to recognise and respond to a person who may be experiencing self-harm or suicidal thoughts. It includes:

  • What’s the difference between self-harm and suicidal thoughts?
  • What are the common triggers for these feelings?
  • How is a risk assessment conducted?
  • What are the approaches to managing patients who present with self-harm or suicidal thoughts?

3:15 AFTERNOON TEA


3:45

Mike Smith

Understanding Personality Disorders – Sorting Myths from Facts

Personality disorders are some of the most complex mental illnesses. They can be associated with deeply ingrained, extreme, inflexible, and maladaptive patterns of relating to and perceiving both the environment and themselves. There is a need for all nurses to identify and clearly understand personality disorders if people in your care are to receiving best possible health outcomes. This session will include:

  • How are the terms “personality” and “personality disorder” defined?
  • What are the characteristics of a personality disorder?
  • Why can they be challenging?
  • What are some effective communication strategies when caring for people with a personality disorder?

4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS


The Goal Need for Program

People who enter a general healthcare setting with a physical health complication and have a concurrent mental illness must receive comprehensive care. The ability of nurses and other health professionals to provide holistic health care to all people with a co-existing mental illness is highly dependent on a sound knowledge base. There is a timely need for an evidence-based update on a range of common mental health disorders and conditions so that health professionals are better positioned and informed to support a person with a mental illness.

Purpose of Program

To provide nurses and other health professionals who work across a range of general healthcare settings with a comprehensive update on common mental illnesses so as to improve a person’s health outcomes.

Your learning outcomes:

Give a trauma-informed approach to people in your care who have a concurrent mental illness

Improve your understanding of mental illness to result in greater patient satisfaction in general healthcare environments

Provide a feeling of safety and security to people hospitalised with a physical health complication who have a concurrent mental illness as a result of practical techniques being employed

Establish clear personal boundaries and maintain them to promote a strong, safe therapeutic alliance

Presenters

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Mike Smith has been a mental health nurse for 20 years and has master's degree in public health and mental ... Read More

Jennifer Rankine

Jennifer Rankine

Jennifer Rankine is a Registered Nurse and certified midwife who has specialised in child and family health nursing. She has ... Read More

Anne Walsh

Anne Walsh

Anne Walsh started her career in drug and alcohol (D&A) as a police officer and RN/drug and alcohol worker. Anne ... Read More

Elaine Ford

Elaine Ford

Elaine has been nursing for 38 years and has enjoyed working in many acute and non-acute settings in general and ... Read More

Christine Muller

Christine Muller

Chris Muller is a Registered Nurse, currently working as a Nurse Practitioner Adult Mental Health - Justice Health and Forensic ... Read More

Renee Hall

Renee Hall

Renee Hall is a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner. She works in consultation-liaison in the emergency department with Nepean Blue ... Read More

Tim Wand

Tim Wand

Tim Wand is an associate professor of mental health nursing at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Local Health ... Read More

Janice Withnall

Janice Withnall

Since 2004, Dr Janice Withnall, with the initial support of Western Sydney University, explored with midlife women, health practitioners ... Read More

Title
Sydney Mental Health Conference
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Duration
11 Hours | 0 Mins
Start Date
03-Dec-2018
End Date
04-Dec-2018
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11 Hours | 0 Mins
Price
590.00
Location
Sydney NSW 2000
Venue
Sydney The Grace Hotel, 77 York Street
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