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Title: Aboriginal MHDA Psychiatry Mentoring Program

Aboriginal MHDA Psychiatry Mentoring Program
  • Donna Stanley
  • Clinical Leader Aboriginal MHDA
  • Orange Western NSW LHD

Acknowledgment of Country
  • With respect I honour the traditional owners of
    the land upon which we meet today.
  • Acknowledging the Gumbaynggirr Peoples thousands
    of years of spiritual connection to this country
    and for welcoming us here to enjoy and celebrate
    this beautiful place.
  • I honour and pay my respect to Elders past
    present, all other Aboriginal nations and our
    Non-Aboriginal Brothers Sisters.

  • Closing the Gap
  • Defining Mentoring
  • Historical background
  • Mentoring Concept
  • Policy Context
  • Mentoring Model
  • Mentoring Review
  • Future work

Defining Mentoring
  • Mentoring is a mutually beneficial relationship
    that involves a more experienced person helping a
    less experienced person to achieve his/her

Historical Background
  • Concept developed in 2007
  • 18 of Inpatient Population Aboriginal
  • Aboriginal Population 7.3 (ABS Data)
  • Policy implementation by MH Teams, Strategy 5 A
    supported and skilled workforce (Mentoring)

Historical Background
  • The Project Aim
  • To develop long term sustainable models of
    mentoring between the Aboriginal Mental Health
    Workforce and psychiatrists who are current
    employees of former GWAHS
  • Objectives
  • To facilitate two way learning between Aboriginal
    Mental Health and Psychiatry
  • To provide sound clinical mentoring and support
    to Aboriginal Mental Health Workers
  • To improve support structures for Aboriginal
    Mental Health Workers

Historical Background
  • Underlying Principles of the Project
  • AMHWs are essential to improving AMH Aboriginal
    Mental Health
  • Psychiatrists are a critical part of the process
    to improve AMH
  • Education and learning is required both ways
  • This work is additional to current services
    provided by both psychiatrists and AMHWs
  • The project is a long term career development
  • Participation in the project is on a voluntary

Mentoring Model
  • Who provides the mentoring?
  • A consultant psychiatrist is contracted to
    provide mentoring for a maximum of two days per
    month. He is currently providing mentoring one
    day per month. He is flown from Sydney to Orange
    specifically to conduct the sessions.

Mentoring Model
  • Who attends the mentoring sessions?
  • Aboriginal Mental Health Clinicians and Trainees,
    Clinical Leader, Area Coordinator and State-wide
    Coordinator participate in mentoring sessions.

Mentoring Model
  • Coordination
  • The Clinical Leader coordinates
  • the psychiatrists visit
  • arranges the individual and group sessions
  • sends out a mentoring schedule for the coming
  • Individuals are allocated individual sessions
    during each visit.

Mentoring Model
  • Individual Mentoring
  • Group Mentoring
  • Post Session Follow up
  • Organisational Follow up

Mentoring Review
  • Reviewers engaged in 2012 (Carol Watson and Nea
  • Methodology based on qualitative data
  • One Focus Group
  • 39 Interviews
  • Lead by Clinical and Management Steering Group

Mentoring Review
  • Mentees Access to highly experienced,
    independent, supportive senior mental health
    clinicians and a two way learning environment
  • Senior MH Clinical Leaders Time and access to
    independent mentors who understand the mental
    health context
  • Mentors Time specifically allocated for
    mentoring and opportunity to build relationships
    and learn more about Aboriginal culture, and
  • Organisation/Management A committed group of
    high calibre psychiatrists provide additional
    support to the Aboriginal Mental Health workforce
    and learning's are taken back to the team to
    inform practice.

Mentoring Review
  • Building of mentees knowledge, skills and
  • Mentees supported, validated and empowered
  • Psychiatrists knowledge of Aboriginal culture,
    community concerns, family dynamics and the role
    of the AMHW strengthened
  • Aboriginal mental health workers retained, and
  • Status and perceived value of Aboriginal MHDA
    workforce increased.

Mentoring Review
  • Issues noted were
  • The lack of initial clarity around a formal
    program design, and some variances in the type of
    mentoring models conducted by different
    psychiatrists this in the context that there is
    overall agreement to the benefits of the program.
  • Concerns about funding support for the program
    moving forward
  • Consideration of other clinical professional
    groups as mentors, and
  • Clarity of governance for the program
    monitoring, quality processes and reporting.

Future Work
  • Challenges arising from the Review are now to
  • A core mentorship model is further developed
  • A monitoring and evaluation framework is
  • Workforce requirements are reviewed
  • A commitment to continue

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