Authors: Department of Public Health & Nutrition, University of Wollongong
Event: 1996 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Gold
Award category: Team Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Theory, Education or Practice.
Abstract: The Department of Public Health and Nutrition has developed an innovative program for the presentation of post-graduate public mental health education, training and research for both urban and rural/remote primary care workers throughout Australia. It uses 'state-of-the-art' clinical approaches and multimedia educational technology to provide support and reskilling for mental health workers. This is a unique education program within Australia in that is industry specific, post graduate and multidisciplinary and has been in operation since 1990. It places emphasis on the development of clinically effective and culturally sensitive strategies for health care workers in comprehensive systems of care for persons with mental illness. It reflects current thinking in public mental health and incorporates the primary health care model of service delivery Description of Facility/Organisation: The Program offers post graduate education and training in mental health to health care professionals and consumers at Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters level. The program is Australia wide with students in all States and Territories. It is taught by a multi disciplinary team of psychologists, nurses, OT's , social workers, psychiatrists, consumers and carers using multimedia education technology.