In this webinar we will discuss the mental health impact of the CoVID-19 pandemic on Australian health professionals.

In this webinar we will discuss the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australian health professionals. What does the research tell us about what consequences to expect in the population generally as well as in ourselves and our colleagues?

Knowing that there will be consequences a variety of organisations have developed specialised support services for health professionals. We will discuss some of the options available for information and support including peer support and online and telehealth services.

Importantly we will also what strategies we need to put in place to mitigate the effects of future crises on health care workers?

Learning outcomes:

  • Explain the likely impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other health crises on health professionals.
  • Articulate the impact on their own lives both personal and professional
  • Discuss special circumstances and the barriers to care for health professionals generally
  • Identify a range of options, both face to face and online, available to health professionals seeking support for COVID-19 related distress

The webinar series

The webinar series examines some of the online mental health treatment programs that GPs need to know about, focusing on evidence-based programs that have been developed in Australia. The evidence around the efficacy and usefulness of different programs will be discussed along with practical aspects of using the programs.

Summary:

  • e-Mental Health programs are a useful adjunct to mental health treatment in primary care
  • there is good evidence that patient outcomes improve with the use of e-Mental Health programs
  • a variety of locally-developed e-Mental Health programs are available
  • GPs need to be familiar with the programs their patients are using and be able to recommend the use of these programs appropriately.

Audience

GPs and GP registrars, psychologists and allied mental health practitioners, in fact any health professional with an interest in improving outcomes for patients with mental health conditions.

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