8:30am - Registration and Refreshments
Introduction and Welcome to Seminar
This introductory session will address your specific learning needs. It includes:
- What are the main themes of this seminar?
- How can you align the seminar learning outcomes with your own learning goals?
- What learning gap will you close by attending this seminar?
Healthcare Workers and the Mental Health Journey
Mental illness can be complex and, at times, unpredictable. Its prevalence and level of severity depend on an individual’s past experiences, genetic makeup, access to treatment and support from others, as well as education. This session will look at the differences between acute and long-term mental illness. Topics include:
- How should we view recovery?
- Why is “hope for recovery” so important for every person living with a mental illness?
- What is the difference between acute and long-term mental illness?
- How prevalent is acute versus long-term mental illness?
- Can a persistent mental illness impact a professional’s ability to work?
Grey Rainbow – Different Types of Anxiety Disorders
This session will discuss the different types of anxiety disorders. It will consider the atypical ways that anxiety disorders may present, such as:
- generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
- social phobia
- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- panic disorder
11:00am - Morning Tea
What Are You Eating on Your Break? Linking Food and Mood
Modern research is challenging the paradigm that poor mental health can cause a poor diet. It is possible that changes in mental health – such as stress or anxiety – can affect our dietary behaviours (Hello, comfort eating on night duty!). However, we are now beginning to understand how better quality diets can improve a person’s mental health and perhaps even prevent some conditions. With nutrition widely accepted as a key aspect of personal and professional wellbeing, it is time to look at the relationship between nutrition and mental health. In this session, we look at:
- Is there a known connection between the brain, addiction studies and what we eat?
- Diet, depression and anxiety – is there a link?
- What is known about stress, sugar and saturated fat and mood?
- What are some simple approaches to introducing better nutrition into your busy shifts?
The Burden of Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Panic attacks are sometimes seen in a person with an underlying anxiety disorder. They can be debilitating and awful. This session will look at this particular manifestation. It includes:
- What is the difference between a severe anxiety attack and a panic attack?
- How can you help a person having a panic attack?
- What are some simple techniques that can be used to manage anxiety in a busy healthcare environment?
1:15pm - Lunch and Networking
Reducing the Risk of Suicide in Healthcare Professionals
Working in the healthcare system can take its toll on mental, emotional and physical health. Sadly, for some it becomes overwhelming. This session will look at:
- Are healthcare professionals more at risk than others?
- Are they less likely to ask for help?
- Why is it that any attempt to end ones’ life can cause harm to a career and what can we do to protect healthcare workers from this?
- Warning signs – how identifiable are they?
- Where and how can a healthcare professional seek confidential and safe help?
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea
Knowing Your Colleagues – A Trauma-Informed Approach
What’s wrong? Why are you acting that way? We can often quickly judge a colleague’s actions during a shift. However, there is often an underlying reason for why they might be engaging in particular behaviours. Understanding the impact of adverse childhood events and cumulative stressors later in life is essential if we are to create a safe environment that promotes resilience. This session discusses emotions and includes:
- How can adverse childhood events impact the way someone is behaving?
- What are the effects of chronic stress and trauma?
- What is a trauma-informed approach?
- How can you incorporate a trauma-informed approach when relating to colleagues?
4:30pm - Close of Day One of Seminar