Kia pai tou tatou Matariki,
Winter has finally arrived in all its glory, and for many this means more couch based pursuits. Now is the perfect time to catch up on your reading or taking an on-line course. The Werry Centre website provides a cornucopia of information on infant, child and young person mental health and addiction topics. It is crammed full of presentations, information sheets, guidelines, videos and newsletters. One new item is from a Regional Forum in Auckland that had a focus on information sharing. Dr Craig Immelman (Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist) presented on Information Sharing - The Legislation, Professional Codes and Case Study and was joined in an expert panel by Dr Andrew Cox (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist ADHB) and Leigh Murray (Family Advisor ADHB). Watch Craig’s video presentation
. Catch up on research journal articles via this newsletter’s Journal Club. We also have our range of free e-learning courses
in child and young person’s mental health and addiction. The news and popularity of our new Co-Existing Problem (CEP) course is already spreading throughout Australia.
The media has recently highlighted some individual cases of long term seclusion. Seclusion and Restraint practices are an issue that the sector has been working hard to improve and much progress has been made – although there is much still to do. I remind you of the resources which are available to help this progress such as the Te Pou guidance - Towards restraint free mental health practice
Six Core Strategies© checklist
. Particularly for the child and youth sector I recommend the Canterbury DHB CAFS Service experience of reducing the use of Seclusion and Restraint by their service
I hope you enjoy a cosy midwinter in the company of the people who give you the most joy.