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e-Mental Health in Practice Workshop Session

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Auditorium 1, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, Morgan St, Broken Hill

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Developing a professional digital toolkit to enhance mental health and well-being

The e-Mental Health in Practice (eMHPrac) initiative is funded by the Australian Government to raise health practitioner and service provider awareness and use of digital mental health resources, programs and apps with individuals experiencing a range of mental health issues.

eMHPrac focuses on providing digital mental health training and support to general practitioners, allied health workers, and service providers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The eMHPrac initiative is led by Queensland University of Technology in collaboration with Black Dog Institute, Menzies School of Health Research and the University Centre for Rural Health (University of Sydney).

Digital mental health (dMH) comprises services, programs or applications that may be self-driven or guided by a clinician or other support person. dMH interventions are a useful and practical resource for a) people who have an increased risk of developing mental health issues, or b) who are already experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues. dMH may be used by individuals prior to engaging with mental health professionals, as an adjunct to therapy, or be used by practitioners as a tool to assess, support or otherwise engage a client in treatment.

This ‘how-to’ workshop aims to introduce these resources in an interactive, hands-on way, so that health and support workers can begin to evaluate and develop their own digital mental health toolkit. The session will include group discussion, activities and a web tour. Participants will be encouraged to explore and assess dMH programs using ipads/notebooks, smartphones or laptops. This workshop also highlights a range of dMH resources developed specifically for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Learning objectives:

  • Develop greater awareness and understanding of digital mental health programs and resources, and how they can be utilised in health care delivery and support, particularly in rural and remote communities
  • Identify what aspects of digital mental health programs and resources need to be considered and assessed when recommending, referring or utilising these tools with patients
    • Identify challenges and opportunities when incorporating digital mental health programs and resources into practice and service delivery
    • Increase confidence, knowledge and skills in evaluating and utilising digital mental health programs and resources in your practice


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