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2-Day Seminar for Healthcare Staff
Anxiety is a common mental health condition, but what happens when healthcare staff have the condition themselves? It is essential to recognise the individuals experiencing these common mental health conditions to ensure that holistic care and support is provided. Attend this seminar to better understand:
Anxiety and anxiety disorders are common disorders that can occur as a consequence of work-related stressors. The ability of nurses and other health professionals to recognise these conditions in their colleagues and themselves is highly dependent on a sound knowledge base. There is a timely need for an evidence-based update on anxiety and anxiety disorders so that health professionals are better positioned and informed to support a person with these common mental health conditions.
To provide nurses and other health professionals who work across a range of general healthcare settings with a comprehensive update on anxiety and anxiety disorders in healthcare staff.
8:30am - Registration and Refreshments
This introductory session will address your specific learning needs. It includes:
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:
This session will discuss the different types of anxiety disorders. It will consider the atypical ways that anxiety disorders may present, such as:
11:00am - Morning Tea
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:
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:
1:15pm - Lunch and Networking
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:
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea
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:
4:30pm - Close of Day One of Seminar
9:00am - Commencement of Day Two
Day two of the seminar begins with an opportunity to review the content presented from day one. It will assist you to embed key knowledge and provides an opportunity to converse and learn from other attendees.
At one point or another, most of us are likely to experience some level of anxiety. Often, a degree of anxiety is beneficial to keep us safe and motivated. However, when consumed by it, it can quickly become debilitating and life-altering. This session will consider:
Feeling well is an important part of how our life pans out. Have you got to the end of your shift and felt utterly exhausted, frustrated or even resentful? Have you struggled to find the time to care for your patients as well as your loved ones as a result of feeling burned out? Knowing yourself and how to care for yourself can help you to get the best out of your professional and personal lives. This session will build strategies for wellbeing and look at:
11:00am - Morning Tea
Stress impacts us all at various times. But healthcare workers, in particular, may face some unique stressors. This session will look at the potentially harmful impact of stress and what we can do to counteract it. It will include:
Anxiety and depression can be exacerbated by one another and present simultaneously. This session will look at the link between anxiety and depression and how they affect one another. Topics include:
1:00pm - Lunch and Networking
Non-medicine options should always be explored before resorting to pharmacological solutions for the treatment of anxiety. If medications are indicated as an adjunctive treatment for anxiety, benzodiazepines are the most commonly used. It includes:
2:45pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
There’s a tidal wave of extremely good quality research published every week on the benefits of using exercise to both treat depression and anxiety but also prevent them. This session will look at:
4:30pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations
Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively to educate other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems, as well as substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health, as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment and wonderment.