Introducing Session Speaker Ms Fiona Heath

Ms Fiona Heath joins us at the upcoming Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium this November and will present on the topic of Distance Supervision: What Does a Focussed Rural, Remote and Regional Clinical Supervision Programme Contribute to Clinical Practice Within a Child and Youth Mental Health Setting? Ms Heath works as a Clinical Practice Supervisor - Rural and Remote at Child and Youth Mental Health Services.

Traditionally it has been considered that supervision occurs best in a face-to-face context, but there is a growing awareness that distance supervision by telephone, video-conference, or even in some cases email, can result in a safe and efficacious supervisory experience for rural and remote practitioners. This presentation discusses an organisational response to distance supervision, the Clinical Practice Supervision Programme, which has been in effect for over 8 years and was implemented through the Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) in Children's Health Queensland in response to a Queensland Health policy on supervision for allied health staff in all Queensland mental health services.

The presentation will address the structure of the current practice supervision programme and outline the formal and informal links developed by positioning the programme within a major metropolitan CYMHS health district.  The presentation will highlight the additional benefits which augment the individual supervision such as enabling access to supervision of supervision and supervision and consultation from clinical service specialists, thereby offering resources that otherwise might not be available to rural and remote clinicians.  Key factors that have been identified to assist the distance supervisory process and supervisory models that underpin these will be addressed.

The 8th Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium will be held at Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff, NSW from 3 – 4 November 2016. This year’s symposium again provides opportunities to learn, discuss, workshop and network with others who share a passion for rural and remote mental health.

For more information on the upcoming 8th Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium and to secure your registration visit the symposium website today.

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