Pre-conference Workshops

The Organising Committee is pleased to announce three pre-conference workshops to be held on Wednesday 23 October 2019.

These have been planned to complement the full program. We encourage you to book early as places are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Please register for the below workshops via the online registration form.


WORKSHOP 1: EQUITABLE ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE: FOCUS ON indigenous POPULATIONS

Dr Megan Chambers
Mental health service models for young people from Indigenous background and other priority populations

Wiyiliin Ta and Aboriginal CAMHS team, James Fletcher Hospital Newcastle
Wiyiliin Ta: A mental health service model for Aboriginal children and young people

Time: 0900-1700hrs (full day workshop)
Cost: $395 inc GST for non-delegates / $295 inc GST for standard delegates / $250 inc GST for trainees/allied health staff
Inclusions: Workshop session and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

Workshop details...

In this interactive workshop participants will be given an insight into the history and making of Wiyiliin Ta. Presenters will outline challenges of integrating culturally sensitive services in Western Mental Health Systems. Through a cultural experience with connection building activities, symbols, and conversation, Wiyiliin Ta would like to engage the group in a thought provocative manner. Attendees will be encouraged to explore, and think broadly and creatively around ways to build capacity in vulnerable communities, and prevent intergenerational mental illness and trauma. Innovative ideas around closing the gap are invited.

View the abstract here.


WORKSHOP 2: NEURODEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS: FOCUS ON ASSESSMENT, DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT

Professor Valsamma Eapen, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Professor David Coghill, University of Melbourne
Dr Geoffrey Rickarby, Child Psychiatrist, Newcastle
Dr Elizabeth Emma Palmer, Genetics of Learning Disability (GOLD) Service, Newcastle
Dr Tracy Dudding-Blyth, Genetics of Learning Disability (GOLD) Service, Newcastle

Time: 0900-1700hrs (full day workshop)
Cost: $395 inc GST for non-delegates / $295 inc GST for standard delegates / $250 inc GST for trainees/allied health staff
Inclusions: Workshop session and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

Workshop details...

Neurodevelopmental disorders are highly prevalent, chronic health conditions that pose significant diagnostic and management challenges. This presentation will provide clinicians with an overview of the assessment and diagnostic process, differential diagnosis and co-morbidities. Given that neurodevelopmental disorders are heterogeneous in origin, this session will also provide a framework for understanding the overlapping and yet distinct neuronal circuitry underpinning the pathogenesis as well as the role of the neurobiological, family and environmental factors in the clinical presentation with consequent implications for management. The assessment will also cover the utility, limitations and availability of different genetic tests and the Face Match project, practical tips on demystifying the genetics report as well as how and when to refer to clinical genetics services. There will also be a focus on factsheets and information for patients with a confirmed genetic diagnosis and resources available to help the practitioner. General principles of management including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions will also be discussed alongside management of aggressive and challenging behaviours including the interaction with non-health agencies. Better understanding of the developmental trajectory and the associated risk and resilience factors is expected to allow a more comprehensive management and holistic care of patients and their families.


WORKSHOP 3: Fostering resilience and protecting from harm: approaching clinical care of vulnerablized migrant families

Professor Rachel Kronick, McGill University, Canada
Dr Sarah Mares, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Time: 0900-1330hrs (half day workshop)
Cost: $270 inc GST for non-delegates / $170 inc GST for standard delegates / $145 inc GST for trainees/allied health staff
Inclusions: Workshop session and morning tea and lunch

Workshop details...

This workshop will explore modalities of clinical care for refugee and illegalized migrant children. Using an ecological framework in keeping with the ADAPT model outlined by Derek Silove, we’ll examine specific interventions and approaches piloted in Canada aiming to address the unique needs of this population, including sandplay and arts-based prevention programs, as well as peer-driven support interventions for migrant families. Participants will be invited to share clinical examples, as well as reflect on approaches relevant to their clinical context.

 

  1. Review the specific needs of a migrant family population
  2. Outline the ADAPT framework for psychosocial intervention
  3. Understand the therapeutic approaches of arts-based and peer-driven programs for asylum seeking and migrant populations.
  4. Experience several elements of the interventions through hands-on exercises.
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