Nurse Specialist Dual Diagnosis, PTSD
Geoffrey Ahern is a Senior Mental Health Clinician from Melbourne, who works with Victorian Police on a specialised mental health emergency response team called PACER (Police And Clinician Emergency Response). PACER Clinicians are on the road with the police responding immediately to triple zero emergency calls that involve mental health, for example a person contemplating suicide. Geoff trained initially as a Registered Nurses in the early 90's and over the years has gained extensive experience in Emergency and Trauma nursing, Rural Nursing, Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling and Psychiatric nursing, having worked in both the public and private sectors. He also holds a Masters Degree in Health Science (Mental Health and AOD) and is a PhD candidate with Deakin University. When Geoff isn’t working with the police, you can find him conducting freelance education for various organisations in both the public and private sectors trying to raise awareness in the community in an effort to recognise people developing mental health problems and averting crisis situations similar to those he sees on the road with police. As an educator, he has been involved in one to one mentoring and staff in-services, right through to full-time lecturing at a tertiary level. He is a passionate and creative teacher, bringing to his audience stories and experiences that give life and meaning to the subject areas that he teaches, which includes such diverse areas as Psychopathology, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety Management, Mindfulness, why nutrition and exercise are crucial to good mental health, Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction, as well as Suicide Awareness and Prevention.
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