Mental Health Professional Online Development Associate Professor Carol Harvey University of Melbourne North Western Menta...
Overview <ul><li>MHPOD  is The National Practice Standards for Australia’s  M ental  H ealth Workforce  P rofessional  O n...
Target audience <ul><li>The curriculum targets the five professions making up most of the workforce for mental health serv...
Development <ul><li>Project initiated by the Mental Health Workforce Advisory Committee (Federal and State and Territory g...
National Expert Group <ul><li>Allied Health:  Dr Val Gerrand (Vic), Ms Kath Thorburn (NSW) </li></ul><ul><li>Carer:  Ms   ...
Curriculum content expertise  <ul><li>PRC in-house writers and experts </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist topic writers ....  </...
Underpinned by   5   Themes Knowledge Practice Partnership Ethics Rights & responsibilities Health promotion, prevention &...
List of Additional Topics  <ul><li>13 topics – 20 hours of curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies for working with people...
Recognition of study <ul><li>Applications are underway for: </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing Professional Development (CPD) po...
<ul><li>Current Learners on MHPOD </li></ul>108 Learners in A.C.T. 5 Learners in N.T. 155 Learners in Qld. 232 Learners in...
MHPOD In practice <ul><li>Our Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Selling the product </li></ul><ul><li>Limited time frame for Pr...
<ul><li>“ Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, which t...
The Challenges overcome  <ul><li>NSW State Health Dept. - Restructure  </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared for unforeseen change...
The Challenges overcome cont. <ul><li>IT issues -  </li></ul><ul><li>know the software,  </li></ul><ul><li>know the enviro...
The Challenges overcome cont. <ul><li>User Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Varying levels of experience  </li></ul><ul><li>with E...
MHPOD In practice <ul><li>What has worked well for us? </li></ul><ul><li>Conference sponsorship – Major Sponsor of Rural a...
 
 
MHPOD In practice <ul><li>Adverts/articles in Professional/Union Magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Banners </li></ul><ul><li>Use...
 
MHPOD In practice <ul><li>Following the success of the sponsorship of the Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference the lo...
MHPOD In practice <ul><li>The National Education Association of the United States have recommended that [online] courses w...
MHPOD In practice <ul><li>Those we have yet to address….. </li></ul><ul><li>Defining pathways for specialist services </li...
<ul><li>Small group discussion </li></ul>
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  1. 1. Mental Health Professional Online Development Associate Professor Carol Harvey University of Melbourne North Western Mental Health – Victoria Ms Penny Tolhurst Secretariat Manager | Mental Health Workforce Advisory Committee Victorian Dept of Health Mr Michael Blair MHPOD Senior Project Officer – NSW Ms Judy Bentley National Mental Health Consumer and Carers Forum Dr John Farhall La Trobe University North Western Mental Health - Victoria Implementing eLearning for the Mental Health Workforce
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>MHPOD is The National Practice Standards for Australia’s M ental H ealth Workforce P rofessional O nline D evelopment </li></ul><ul><li>Broad, balanced, evidence-based curriculum, which will enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the multidisciplinary mental health workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Nationally consistent curriculum to help practitioners reach the required level of professional practice that is consistent with the National Practice Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Improve access to educational programs for workers in rural and remote areas </li></ul>
  3. 3. Target audience <ul><li>The curriculum targets the five professions making up most of the workforce for mental health services: </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing </li></ul><ul><li>Social work </li></ul><ul><li>Occupational therapy </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Psychiatry </li></ul><ul><li>The primary target audience are working mental health professionals within the first 2 years post-qualification (with this to broaden in time) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Development <ul><li>Project initiated by the Mental Health Workforce Advisory Committee (Federal and State and Territory governments) </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum developed by Psychosocial Research Centre (PRC) with expert writers and subject matter experts </li></ul><ul><li>National Expert Group – representatives of all mental health professionals plus consumers and carers </li></ul><ul><li>Design by Cadre – eLearning designers </li></ul><ul><li>Started in 2008 - MHPOD available now! </li></ul>
  5. 5. National Expert Group <ul><li>Allied Health: Dr Val Gerrand (Vic), Ms Kath Thorburn (NSW) </li></ul><ul><li>Carer: Ms Eileen McDonald (NSW), Ms Judy Bentley (ACT) </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer: Mr Noel Muller (Qld) </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Health Nurse: Ms Cat Schofield (Tas), Prof Eimear Muir-Cochrane (SA), Adj. A/Prof Euan Hails (NSW), </li></ul><ul><li>Adj. A/Prof Kim Ryan CEO ACMHN (ACT) </li></ul><ul><li>Psychiatrist: A/Prof Beth Kotze (NSW), A/Prof Carol Harvey (Vic) </li></ul><ul><li>Psychologist: Dr John Farhall (Vic) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Curriculum content expertise <ul><li>PRC in-house writers and experts </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist topic writers .... </li></ul><ul><li>Ms Helen Glover (recovery), </li></ul><ul><li>Ms Sandy Watson (consumer identity), </li></ul><ul><li>Dr Margaret Leggatt (carer advocacy), </li></ul><ul><li>Ms Vicki Stanton (MH care for indigenous Australians), </li></ul><ul><li>Prof Sid Bloch (ethics in healthcare research), </li></ul><ul><li>Mr Anthony Hillin (MH for same sex attracted persons) </li></ul><ul><li>Organisations provided existing materials for use in MHPOD e.g. Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit, Victorian Dual Disability Service, Children of Parents with a Mental Illness, National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum </li></ul>
  7. 7. Underpinned by 5 Themes Knowledge Practice Partnership Ethics Rights & responsibilities Health promotion, prevention & early detection Recovery based practice Consumers & carers rights, roles, advocacy Service integration and partnership Generic skills for practice Clinical Mental Health Interventions Managing co- occurring conditions MH across the lifespan Policy Research Quality improvement and EBP Outcome measures Evidence based practice Service development Effective documentation in clinical files Becoming an evidence based practitioner EBP & quality of care Cultural diversity & awareness 45 Topics Organised into 13 Streams National Practice Standards Ethics in healthcare research Professional ethics Cultural awareness MH care for indigenous Australians Culturally sensitive practice Recovery 1 Recovery 2
  8. 8. List of Additional Topics <ul><li>13 topics – 20 hours of curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies for working with people with personality disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies for working with people with forensic histories </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies for working with people who may be at risk of suicide </li></ul><ul><li>Supervision, self care and self management in Mental Health Services </li></ul><ul><li>Working creatively in case management </li></ul><ul><li>CAMHS and Youth MH: Conditions and assessments </li></ul><ul><li>CAMHS and Youth MH: Interventions </li></ul><ul><li>Old Age Psychiatry: Conditions and assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Old Age Psychiatry: Interventions </li></ul><ul><li>Trauma and mental health </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting a MH peer workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Mental health services in primary care environments </li></ul><ul><li>Psychosocial Interventions: Strategies for case managers </li></ul>
  9. 9. Recognition of study <ul><li>Applications are underway for: </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points </li></ul><ul><li>Accreditation of MHPOD as an academic course of study </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Current Learners on MHPOD </li></ul>108 Learners in A.C.T. 5 Learners in N.T. 155 Learners in Qld. 232 Learners in NSW. 5 Learners in W.A. 5 Learners in Tas. 208 Learners in Vic. 8 Learners in S.A.
  11. 11. MHPOD In practice <ul><li>Our Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Selling the product </li></ul><ul><li>Limited time frame for Project Officer </li></ul><ul><li>All Health services across the State – </li></ul><ul><li>Metro, Rural, Remote. </li></ul><ul><li>Major restructure of Health Services – </li></ul><ul><li>Area Health Service to Networks to Local Health Districts </li></ul><ul><li>Limited Budget allocation </li></ul><ul><li>National – State project collaboration </li></ul>With the implementation of any online learning product certain challenges arise.
  12. 12. <ul><li>“ Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, which takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.” </li></ul><ul><li>Arnold J. Toynbee </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges – sharing solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Know your product - “inside out” </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the climate / and your customer </li></ul><ul><li>Define your approach…. Top down? or Bottom Up? </li></ul><ul><li>Work within your constraints. </li></ul><ul><li>Think laterally about ways to provide extra funding </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t re-invent the wheel, use resources produced by others </li></ul><ul><li>Established steering committees </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Challenges overcome <ul><li>NSW State Health Dept. - Restructure </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared for unforeseen changes! </li></ul><ul><li>(They may be completely out of your control) </li></ul><ul><li>We met with worked with “Mental Health Inform” IT staff– they provided us with a spread sheet with new names for Local Health Districts – before they had been declared. </li></ul><ul><li>These were then distributed for comment and then loaded into system just prior to change in Govt. </li></ul><ul><li>The issues (the restructure) brought into the mix were things such as the fear of possible redundancy and the fear that MHPOD may be used to replace Educators. </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Challenges overcome cont. <ul><li>IT issues - </li></ul><ul><li>know the software, </li></ul><ul><li>know the environment it will be running in, </li></ul><ul><li>know its limitations, </li></ul><ul><li>know how to resolve issues, </li></ul><ul><li>know how to get help </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Special services V Specialist services - </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Some areas are “special” and some deliver specialist service </li></ul><ul><li>Finance Issues - </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding the investment </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding that the customer has no investment </li></ul><ul><li>OH&S Issues - </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the implications </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-empt the concerns and provide solutions </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Challenges overcome cont. <ul><li>User Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Varying levels of experience </li></ul><ul><li>with E-learning </li></ul><ul><li>The need for Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Bulk loading of Users </li></ul><ul><li>Design of spreadsheet with dropdown lists to prevent “orphaning” of users by errors </li></ul><ul><li>User guide – prepare State specific user guide </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitator guide - prepare State specific facilitator guide </li></ul><ul><li>Education sessions for facilitators/educators </li></ul><ul><li>Starter Pack </li></ul>
  16. 16. MHPOD In practice <ul><li>What has worked well for us? </li></ul><ul><li>Conference sponsorship – Major Sponsor of Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Booth with presentation of working program </li></ul>
  17. 19. MHPOD In practice <ul><li>Adverts/articles in Professional/Union Magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Banners </li></ul><ul><li>User Package </li></ul><ul><li>Posters and Bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Advert and URL on website </li></ul><ul><li>Blog? </li></ul>
  18. 21. MHPOD In practice <ul><li>Following the success of the sponsorship of the Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference the local Health Service determined that they should in fact be the first of the NSW Health Service to roll out MHPOD. </li></ul><ul><li>   </li></ul><ul><li>The sessions had three main components – </li></ul><ul><li>A didactic session on the history and development of MHPOD </li></ul><ul><li>Followed by a pictorial session of the major components of the “POD”, the Web Site and the Learning Management System (LMS). </li></ul><ul><li>The session then broke up into smaller groups and assisted each member in logging on and adjusting profile etc. </li></ul><ul><li>(This allowed us to see firsthand if the educator was able to log on without difficulty and ascertain if they had any difficulties moving through the program.) </li></ul><ul><li>These sessions have been very successful </li></ul>
  19. 22. MHPOD In practice <ul><li>The National Education Association of the United States have recommended that [online] courses were effective, but the level of effectiveness was influenced by the existence of a community of students and inclusion of various modes of delivery. </li></ul><ul><li>As such five blended learning sessions have been prepared specifically as guides and can be found on the Web site for educators to use in the preparation of their own blended learning sessions. </li></ul><ul><li>Health services have been encouraged to develop these sessions to support the MHPOD topics </li></ul><ul><li>They should have a </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Session Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Session materials </li></ul><ul><li>Identified Learning Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Closure </li></ul>
  20. 23. MHPOD In practice <ul><li>Those we have yet to address….. </li></ul><ul><li>Defining pathways for specialist services </li></ul><ul><li>CPD accreditation update with professional bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing MHPOD for private sector and NGO’s </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of the product and the long term impact it has had on practice </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing review process of modules and content </li></ul>
  21. 24. <ul><li>Small group discussion </li></ul>

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