E Bulletin No. 14, 8 May 2015
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As the Auckland Writers’ Festival approaches I am looking forward to going to hear Atul Gawande, a surgeon, academic and author of books such as “Being Mortal:what matters in the end”, “The Checklist Manifesto: How to get things right” and “Complications: A surgeons note's on an imperfect science”. For those of you who haven’t read his books, I recommend them. They are for us all. I think what typifies his work is his thoughtful approach to real and common problems affecting people seen in day to day clinical services. 

The “Checklist Manifesto” addresses a simple problem, making mistakes, with a simple solution, a checklist. It has led to profound changes in safety. Addressing the problem of waitlists in CAMHS services led Steve Kingsbury and Ann York to develop CAPA. Like the checklist described by Dr Gawande, CAPA takes a problem, comes up with a pragmatic solution that has been introduced widely, and, like the checklist, has been done with varying degrees of enthusiasm and success. 

As we mourn the loss of Steve, and acknowedge his contribution, I have been wondering what other important and obvious challenges we have in child and adolescent mental health services and how we might follow the example of Steve and Ann, and of Atul Gawande, and come up with practical approaches to deal with these. It is often the simple things right in front of you that make the difference. I am putting on my thinking cap. I will keep you posted. It would be great if you did the same. Let me know of any great ideas. Happy autumn everyone. 

Sally Merry

Workforce Mahi whakapakari

A Tribute and Thank You 
The Werry Centre workforce team have been saddened by the news that a great friend and Mentor of the NZ Mental Health Sector, Steve Kingsbury has died.

Steve will be familiar to many of you for his ground breaking work with Ann York on the development of the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA) and the 7 Helpful Habits of Effective CAMHS. Steve and Ann shared their expertise with us during their visits here and we will continue to champion their fantastic approach to demand management, clinical quality and productivity in ICAMHS/AOD and beyond. Read more...

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Teaching of 5th Year Medical Students 
The Werry Centre continues to contribute toward to education of future New Zealand doctors via participation in the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Auckland. Read more...

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The World University Network (WUN) Resilience Project
The World University Network (WUN) is a collaboration of international researchers from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, China, and South Africa that is trying to understand how resilience processes work within different cultural contexts. These researchers, including some from the Werry Centre plan to examine the response of young people to migration using a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, with the ultimate aim of promoting “resilience” or positive adaptation. Read more...

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This month's new articles are:

  • Impact of Prenatal Exposure to Psychotropic Drugs on Neonatal Outcome in Infants of Mothers With Serious Psychiatric Illnesses (Sutter-Dalley A.  J Clin Psychiatry)
  • Family Nurture Intervention in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit improves social-relatedness, attention, and neurodevelopment of preterm infants at 18 months in a randomized controlled trial (Welch J. Clin Psychol Psychiatry)
  • Can Parents’ Concerns Predict Autism Spectrum Disorder? A Prospective Study of High-Risk Siblings From 6 to 36 Months of Age (Sacrey LA. JAACAP)
  • Cognitive Training for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Meta-Analysis of Clinical and Neuropsychological Outcomes From Randomized Controlled Trials (Cortese S.  JAACAP)
  • A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study of Duloxetine for the Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Generalized Anxiety Disorder (Strawn JR.  JAACAP)
  • Reduction in behavior problems with omega-3 supplementation in children aged 8–16 years: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, stratified, parallel-group trial (Raine A. J Child Psychol Psychiatry)
  • MDDScore: Confirmation of a Blood Test to Aid in the Diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder (Bilello JA.  J Clin Psychiatry)
  • A cross-validation trial of an Internet-based prevention program for alcohol and cannabis: Preliminary results from a cluster randomised controlled trial (Champion KE.  Aust N Z J Psychiatry)
  • Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Eating Disorders (Lock J. JAACAP)
And much more….

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