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Aboriginal Mental Health &
Wellbeing and Workforce
Forum 2014
“Valuing the Aboriginal Workforce”
Opal Cove Resort, Coffs H...
MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 2
Contents Page
2014 AMHWWF FORUM OVERVIEW ........................................................
MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 3
2014 AMHWWF Forum Overview
Theme: Valuing the Aboriginal Workforce
5-6 March 2014
Opal Cove Re...
MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 4
Summary of Statistics
Registration March 5-6
Registrations received 293
Registrations at Forum...
MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 5
Program
WEDNESDAY 5 March 2014
8:00am Registration in the Ocean View Foyer
SESSION ONE
Ballroo...
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SESSION THREE
Osprey Room Currawong Room Shearwater Room
Chair Donna Stanley Kristie Harrison ...
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THURSDAY 6 March 2014
8.00am – 8.45am Yarning Time: network meetings (see separate flyer)
SESS...
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SESSION SEVEN
Ballroom
Chair Lynn Lelean
1:45pm Forum Overview
Tom Brideson, Ann Baker
2:00pm ...
MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 9
Evaluation
With a total of 228 registrations at the Forum, 77 evaluation forms were returned o...
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Q1. Highlight of the Forum
Responses to, “What was the highlight of the Forum for you?”
Prese...
MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 11
Q2. Something learnt that will be useful in your work
Responses to, “Write a sentence about s...
MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 12
Q3. Suggestions for improving the next Forum
Responses to, “Please provide any suggestions fo...
MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 13
 Not to have so many workshops on at once
 Breaks not as long; not being able to hear all t...
MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 14
Committee Evaluation
With regard to the committee processes please tell us:
1) What was usefu...
MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 15
4) How do we make improvements?
 Include more detail and tasks in the forum documents
 ‘Nai...
MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 16
Recommendations
Overall
 Ministry of Health to continue to financially support the Forum, to...
MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 17
Forum Overview Slideshow
Slides from Forum Overview created and presented by Tom Brideson and...
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MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 19
Photos
Pictured at the forum from left to right are: Deputy Commissioner Mental Health
Commis...
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Minister for Mental Health and
Healthy Lifestyles Kevin Humphries,
speaking to forum audience.
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2014 forum

  1. 1. Aboriginal Mental Health & Wellbeing and Workforce Forum 2014 “Valuing the Aboriginal Workforce” Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour 5-6 March 2014 Hosted by Mid North Coast Local Health District in partnership with the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW
  2. 2. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 2 Contents Page 2014 AMHWWF FORUM OVERVIEW .......................................................................3 SUMMARY OF STATISTICS .....................................................................................4 PROGRAM ................................................................................................................5 EXHIBITORS .............................................................................................................8 EVALUATION ............................................................................................................9 Forum Score Ratings.............................................................................................9 Q1. Highlight of the Forum...................................................................................10 Q2. Something learnt that will be useful in your work...........................................11 Q3. Suggestions for improving the next Forum....................................................12 Committee Evaluation .........................................................................................14 RECOMMENDATIONS............................................................................................16 FORUM OVERVIEW SLIDESHOW .........................................................................17 PHOTOS..................................................................................................................19
  3. 3. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 3 2014 AMHWWF Forum Overview Theme: Valuing the Aboriginal Workforce 5-6 March 2014 Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour, NSW Objectives of Forum The NSW Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Forum brings the NSW Aboriginal Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing Workforce, both government and community controlled, together to:  network and discuss mental health and social & emotional wellbeing matters, including relevant policy and program developments  undertake and contribute to our professional development  receive and provide peer support with like-minded professionals  share stories about successful initiatives and learn how they were implemented  highlight effective partnerships at the community level  contribute to service development in order to improve the mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people in NSW, and  provide feedback to assist in planning future forums. Partnership with AH&MRC Participants were advised that this forum is a partnership between Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) and the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW Social and Emotional Wellbeing Workforce Support Unit (AH&MRC WSU). The AH&MRC WSU ran a staff development workshop on 4 March, which was open only to Commonwealth funded SEWB workers. A separate registration form was to be completed by those workers for the 4 March event.
  4. 4. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 4 Summary of Statistics Registration March 5-6 Registrations received 293 Registrations at Forum 229 Aboriginal Identified registrations attended 147 Percentage of Aboriginal Identified persons in attendance 64% Registration cancellations received 19 Exhibitors 4 AH&MRC Registrations 92 Registration Registration was FREE for participants and presenters. NSW Health participants were required to meet their own travel and accommodation costs. Accommodation Opal Cove Resort accommodation was fully booked out for the Forum, including all resort rooms, villas and units. Commonwealth funded SEWB were able to be accommodated at Opal Cove Resort. Many participants were required to find accommodation elsewhere.
  5. 5. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 5 Program WEDNESDAY 5 March 2014 8:00am Registration in the Ocean View Foyer SESSION ONE Ballroom M.C. Lynn Lelean 8:50am Forum Preview Barry Hunter, Forum Convenor 9:00am Welcome to Country Mr Barry Hoskins 9:10am Us Mob Dance Group 9:25am Welcome to Mid North Coast Local Health District Warren Grimshaw AM, Chair MNCLHD Governing Board 9:35am Opening Address The Hon Kevin Humphries MP, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Healthy Lifestyles, Minister for Western NSW 10:20 Morning Tea SESSION TWO Ballroom M.C Lynn Lelean 11:10 Keynote Address Aunty Lorraine Peters, Managing Director Marumali Program 11:55am Keynote Address Dr Robyn Shields, NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner 12:20pm Getting with the program! Skilling up the Aboriginal workforce in the use of e-wellbeing apps and online technologies. Liz Lewis, Assoc Prof James Bennett-Levy 1:10pm Lunch
  6. 6. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 6 SESSION THREE Osprey Room Currawong Room Shearwater Room Chair Donna Stanley Kristie Harrison Gay Foster 2:00pm “The fall and rise of clinical supervision” Gina O’Neill, Ann Baker AMIHS (Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service) how MH affects mums and bubs Kristen Ella, Eda Devoti Pathways to psychiatry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Nigel Beetson 2:30pm NSW Ministry of Health Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention (Multimedia) Resource Charles Davison, Wendy Bryan-Clothier, Justin Noel An insight to the role of an Aboriginal Alcohol Other drug Worker Nathan Deaves, Wade Longbottom Waminda’s Dead, or deadly Program Willow Firth, Hayley Longbottom 3:00pm Kempsey Healthy Eating Activities and Lifestyles for Indigenous Groups Marilyn Dean, Jessica Morris The Positives and Negatives of Psychological Resilience Marsat Ketchell 3:30pm Afternoon Tea SESSION FOUR Osprey Room Currawong Room Shearwater Room Chair Darcy Budden Bron Rose Gina O’Neill 3:55pm MLHD MHDA Aboriginal Mental Health Business Plan Laura Ross “Are they ready for the workforce” Faye McMillan, Stephanie Perrot Update on the NSW Aboriginal grief and loss training project Anthony Hillin 4:25pm Aboriginal Psychiatry Mentoring Program Donna Stanley The NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Training Program Evaluation –Findings and Future Directions Tom Brideson, Christine Flynn Usin’ it or Losin’ it! Colin Locke 4:50pm NEAMI National Aboriginal Linkages program Lee Willis Learning from each other and growing together Cindi McCormick Key Learnings in retaining an Aboriginal Workforce in the Community Managed Mental Health Sector Simone Montgomery, Craig Parsons 5:20pm Close Day 1 Dinner at 7pm on the Ocean View Terrace
  7. 7. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 7 THURSDAY 6 March 2014 8.00am – 8.45am Yarning Time: network meetings (see separate flyer) SESSION FIVE Osprey Room Currawong Room Shearwater Room Opal Room Chair Ivy Peters Alana Rossman Laura Ross Anthony Hillin 9:00am Traditional Circles in Practice Vanessa Edwidge, Bahadur Bryson, Noleen Hoskins Supporting the Aboriginal workforce to address tobacco in their communities – showcasing the Aboriginal Resistance Tool Kit Jasmine Sarin A Model for the Aboriginal Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Workforce Gay Foster, Tammy Sampson 9:30am The Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Network (ADAN) of NSW Kristie Harrison, Rodney Turner Working through incarceration with an holistic approach to reintegration for the emotional wellbeing of families Lloyd Gibbs Research…Pfft! A dirty word? Or an avenue to privilege and action Aboriginal voices Chontel Gibson Aboriginal grief and loss training program: consultation groups exploring learning areas, staff support and resources Anthony Hillin, Megan Wynne- Jones 10:00am Healing our Way: A Kinchela Boys Home Healing Centre Manuel Ebsworth, Michael Welsh, Jason Pitt, Tiffany McComsey Warangesda Cultural Camp Stephen Collins 10:30 Morning Tea SESSION SIX Ballroom Chair Faye McMillan 11:00am Childhood Separation & Trauma: The Stolen Generation Effect on Kids’ Brains and Adult Outcomes Professor Tony Broe 11:30am Valuing Each Other & Working Together: The importance of Aboriginal Health Workers working with mainstream services to provide culturally safe service delivery to clients at the Awabakal Aboriginal Primary Healthcare Centre. What might get in the way and what helps. Toni Manton, Lawrence Dadd, Stacey McMullen, Cyriac Matthew 12:00pm Supporting the Workforce Lucy Abbott, Terry Smith 12:30 Lunch
  8. 8. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 8 SESSION SEVEN Ballroom Chair Lynn Lelean 1:45pm Forum Overview Tom Brideson, Ann Baker 2:00pm Discussion & Questions Peter Carter, A/Director NSW Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Office 2:20pm Evaluation Barry Hunter 2:30pm Aboriginal Culture Dhinawan 2:45pm Afternoon Tea Exhibitors  Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RHAMP)  Your Health Link (MNCLHD)  E-wellbeing apps and online technologies (Prof James Bennett-Levy)  Tackling Smoking, Healthy Lifestyle (Galambila Aboriginal Health Service) The Your Health Link display table with Carolyn Guichard (right) and Joanne Lia
  9. 9. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 9 Evaluation With a total of 228 registrations at the Forum, 77 evaluation forms were returned of which the following information was obtained. Forum Score Ratings On a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being very poorly and 5 being very well, please circle to indicate how well the forum provided you with the opportunity to: Indication of how well the forum provided you with the opportunity to: Scale responses, 1 being very poorly and 5 being very well 1 2 3 4 5 Nil 1) Network with colleagues 0% 2.7% 5.41% 21.62% 70.27% 0% 2) Discuss mental health and social & emotional wellbeing policy and program developments 0% 2.7% 8.11% 67.57% 18.92% 2.7% 3) Enhance your professional development 0% 2.7% 8.11% 59.46% 29.73% 0% 4) Hear about successful initiatives and learn how they were implemented 0% 0% 0% 46% 29.7% 0% 5) Learn about effective partnerships at the community level 0% 2.7% 21.62% 51.35% 24.32% 0% 6) Contribute to service development 0% 2.7% 24.32% 48.65% 24.32% 0%
  10. 10. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 10 Q1. Highlight of the Forum Responses to, “What was the highlight of the Forum for you?” Presentations / Keynote Speakers  Aunty Lorraine Peeters  Kinchela Boys Home Healing Centre  WEAVE Project  Waminda’s Dead, or Deadly Program  Traditional Circles in Practice  Dr Robyn Shields  Marsat Ketchell  Personal stories from presenters and keynote speakers, particularly Aunty Lorraine Peeters, Noleen Hoskins, Dr Robyn Shields, NEAMI National Aboriginal Linkages Program  Hearing about a wonderful range of community programs  Learning about a range of innovative programs` Networking  Great networking opportunity  Getting to meet other Aboriginal Workers  Due to me being a new-comer to working in these areas the networking opportunities  Meeting people face-to-face who I have been on teleconferences & emailing for a year. First forum for me  Networking & small group sessions  Meeting new people (mob) & yarning & listening to people's stories  Hearing people’s stories & different experiences  Networking with other sides  Networking with other trainees  Meeting the Aboriginal Community MH trainees – inspiring General  Overall it was very informative  My first forum. The highlight for me was everything
  11. 11. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 11 Q2. Something learnt that will be useful in your work Responses to, “Write a sentence about something you have learned that will be useful in your work?” General  All useful, thank you  Too many to write down  Increase in traineeships to grow and empower workforce which will increase our opportunity to work effectively Informative  Research information/models of research & procedures relating to Aboriginal people  Everything I have learnt at the forum can be used in my workplace in one way or another  The number of positive programs out there based on working from a relationship perspective  The forum has given me greater understanding and perspective on Aboriginal MHSEWB to inform my policy work  Understand better the need to build support mechanisms for isolated Aboriginal MH Trainees  Aunty Lorraine Peeters’ Marumali Program  e-Wellbeing apps  Learning about the way people do things & the programs I may be able to adapt my own & to share with colleagues what is going on in the sector  Emphasised importance of healing work throughout NSW & ensuring it is highlighted  Innovative programs Inspiration  Never ever give up, continue to evolve, gain qualifications and keep moving forward  How "the mob" are getting a voice and developing skills. Nigel was inspiring - I hope to get more staff to go back to school  Going back to what I know spiritually first  ‘Small steps’ lead to ‘huge leaps’  The quality programs working in communities such as ‘Bush Circle’ Networking / Partnerships  Taking time to listen to people about their ideas  Networks is the main thing that will be most useful to my work, the ability to call for advice around issues  Networking with what is taking place across the area  I have learned how partnerships are vital for our people's health  Connections made in different areas to help my clients & their families  There's a lot of good indigenous services there that I can link with  Learning & knowing about other services out there to help our mob. Taking it back & using it with my clients.
  12. 12. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 12 Q3. Suggestions for improving the next Forum Responses to, “Please provide any suggestions for improving the next Forum” General/Venue  The location was great and having the venue and accommodation in the one spot facilitated maximum attendance at forum sessions as well as lots of networking  Forum was very informative  Possible more seating around the tea rooms for more opportunity to sit and yarn  Excellent – keep the venue  Keep venues away from town centres. This one worked well because of location – everyone had to stay together  Lovely venue and accommodation  Seems best venue yet however filled very quickly and had to stay off-site  Seating, tables, having everyone together for the dinner  Dinner to be more organised  Seating setup should include tables Activities  Provide an activity that could get the whole group moving – break the sitting & listening cycle which could assist us with taking on more of the information  More structured activities  Balloon type activity on first day would be great  The days were long and perhaps could benefit from being broken up with different activities – games, drawing, exercise Program  Program details out earlier  More information on the presentations in the program to help choose which sessions to attend  Longer timeframes for individual workshops  Five minutes between each presentation so you don’t miss any of the speakers  Half hour too short for questions and room changes. More proportion of time needed where models are being showcased  AH&MRC first day was fantastic but many of us were exhausted therefore struggled with first day of Forum. Otherwise couldn’t improve on site and events  Make sure keynote speakers are available for questions and discussion to use their time slot fully. There was good chairing in every session – this is great  Time for workers without management to discuss issues  Take the opportunity to run the event for a longer period of time to include formal training  Writing paper for participants; tables to assist writing; time between sessions to move from room to room; more structured networking time/activities  Too many presenters at once – missed out on a lot  Disappointing when two very popular workshops scheduled at the same time so you have to miss one  Opportunity to see all workshops. Was unable to attend some because of timetable.
  13. 13. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 13  Not to have so many workshops on at once  Breaks not as long; not being able to hear all the presentations  Opportunity for DVD’s to be played out of session so people can see them in full  Chairs – enforce times  Would be good to start with an icebreaker and end with a debrief/relaxing activity  Entertainment – a band Program Content  Perhaps sessions of issues relating to managing / being part of a team within NSW Health services / organisation context  It would be great to run ATSI Mental Health Conference around the early years  Involvement of local elders was greatly valued and could have been greater; more elders speaking  More AMS inclusion  Panel discussions with Minister and Elders  Need more stories from teenage youth; their struggles and how we can help  More involvement for trainees ie more trainee-specific forums
  14. 14. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 14 Committee Evaluation With regard to the committee processes please tell us: 1) What was useful / good?  Having a dedicated person as organiser/coordinator – that worked very well  Regular meetings – assisted communication & planning; overall good sense of preparation which assisted how the Forum progressed  Clear process  Information / pro formas etc from previous Forums  Commitment of committee members to input regularly and provide advice  Working together and sharing the load  Good involvement from committee members and sharing of tasks  Having a local sub-committee as well as the state committee to oversee things  Venue – one place for all activities  Aboriginal people stepping up to Chair sessions 2) What was not useful?  Tight time frame for Committee responses toward the end as we drew closer to the event e.g. with finalising program. However that often happens  Holiday season interruptions to flow of planning work and creates false sense of time available  Limited use of Committee during the event  Limited allocation of specific tasks for the Committee  Not enough time spent prior to the event planning for the actual event 3) What requires improvement?  Planning time and Committee meetings to commence sooner in the process  Forum Program – consider making available earlier even if in draft format  Clearer processes for managing the event and tasks  Planning, clear documentation of process and tasks  Reduce bottleneck of work by locking in indicative time lines working backwards from the Forum date so that all predictable items do not become part of the bottleneck of work. Allows last week to tidy up loose ends and allows for unexpected issues that emerge  Opportunity for all committee members to enjoy the forum as much as any other participant – of course allowing for added responsibilities.  Registration desk process to be streamlined  More time allocated to preparing forum bags and name tags  More information stalls  Delegation
  15. 15. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 15 4) How do we make improvements?  Include more detail and tasks in the forum documents  ‘Nail all tasks to the ground’ – ensure each task is discussed and that all committee members can feel comfortable all matters are taken care of  Allocate tasks to Committee members prior to the event  Trouble shooting unexpected things ie long break on day one, although unavoidable, plan what to do if it happened again.  Have a Committee meeting day on-site prior to the event in order that any untimely or delayed issues are ‘ironed out’.  More time for Committee members to get together for updates and day-to-day planning during the event  Commitment from all Committee members to assist the local organisers wherever and however possible rather than leaving it all up to the local team  Share the workload 5) With regard to the Forum please tell us: Were there any issues that emerged at the Forum and if so, how could they be resolved?  Not enough detail about the presentations and presenters in the program made it hard to choose which session to attend  Debriefing time for participants and presenters, as some presentations were very touching and emotional (eg Kinchela Boys Home)  As a committee member I didn’t get to see presentations I wanted to learn about as I was working  Registration desk – clarity to assist future Forums. Tasks need to be understood and articulated regarding who should sit on the desk and when; how to minimise congestion at the registration desk  Complaints also about the “haves and have nots”. That is – the AH&MRC group receiving T-Shirts and the NSW Health mob not receiving anything. Reports from some people indicate it is setting up opposing workforces when we are trying to bring people together. Possible solution- Provide funding for the NSW Health mob to get T-Shirts.  Several attendees reported to me that the cost of drinks and food at the restaurant were excessive, especially where they had family members along to accompany them for child-minding, support etc. Perhaps consider alternative sites that are more affordable or closer to alternative eating places. 6) Any further comments or suggestions?  It was a great forum. Very well organised.  Overall the forum was great and successful.  Had a great time in a great venue with great people – well done and thanks for the time to reflect on it all and to provide comment. Thought the Committees worked well.  Many trainees were seen as not participating; not turning up or leaving early.  Participants in foyer area, not in sessions or main room.  Reiterate that forum presentations not be used for consulting with the workforce.
  16. 16. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 16 Recommendations Overall  Ministry of Health to continue to financially support the Forum, to be held annually  Continue to have an LHD host and convenor, rotating each year to share responsibility  Continue the partnership between the Ministry of Health MHDAO, the local LHD and the AH&MRC  LHDs/SHN should prioritise and financially support the involvement of Aboriginal Trainees in the forum Program  Activities scheduled to break-up repetitive sitting in presentations  Networking activity on first afternoon or incorporate yarning time for different networks into the program  Five minute gap between sessions  Content – more information on presenters to help choose which session to attend  Content – more youth and Elders  Avoid the use of the Forum as a consultation opportunity, unless this is an adjunct to a formal consultation process in accordance with agreed policy and protocols Photos/Media  Media contact – have a dedicated media spokesperson/s nominated in advance  Photos - Incorporate permission/consent into registration  Photos – Program activity for photo sessions including group photo  Announce when photos are to be taken Venue  Ideally venue where accommodation and conference facilities are in one location – maximises attendance and networking  Venue located away from town centre helps everyone stay together  Plenty of seating around tea and coffee areas for comfortable networking Committee  At least one committee meeting on-site prior to Forum  Clear definition of roles  Structured delegation of specific tasks  Clear documentation including planning schedule/timeline, working back from event date, with leeway for contingencies in the last two weeks  Timeline to take into account holiday season with allowance for staff leave; not only planning committee staff but also staff whom may be providing abstracts  Program issued to presenters and participants about eight weeks prior to event, even if in draft format Certificates of Attendance  Prior to the event offer certificates of attendance upon request - can be given to participants at the Forum, subject to a method of verifying their actual attendance. Note that they do not contribute any points towards Professional Development.
  17. 17. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 17 Forum Overview Slideshow Slides from Forum Overview created and presented by Tom Brideson and Ann Baker:
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  19. 19. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 19 Photos Pictured at the forum from left to right are: Deputy Commissioner Mental Health Commission of New South Wales Dr Robyn Shields AM, Committee member Ivy Peters, Minister for Mental Health and Healthy Lifestyles Kevin Humphries, Uncle Barry Hoskins, Committee member Tom Brideson and Governing Board Chair Warren Grimshaw AM. Warren Grimshaw welcoming delegates and guests.
  20. 20. MNCLHD AMHWWF Report 2014 20 Minister for Mental Health and Healthy Lifestyles Kevin Humphries, speaking to forum audience.

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