On 17 June Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, officially launched the $6.5 million e-Mental Health in Practice initiative (eMHPrac) at Parliament House in Canberra.
eMHPrac will provide training and support for GPs, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, practice nurses and other health professionals in the use of e-mental health programs and apps. This will be delivered via face-to-face workshops, online training modules and webinars.
The initiative is a collaboration between Queensland University of Technology, the Australian National University, The Black Dog Institute, Menzies School of Health Research and University Centre for Rural Health at the University of Sydney.
Frontline health workers in rural and remote areas generally have special challenges in keeping abreast of developments in the area of mental health, and so are likely to be among the main beneficiaries of the training and support on offer.
The Alliance reiterated the promising potential of e-mental health for people in rural and remote Australia in its recent submission to the Mental Health Commission on the Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes.
For more information about eMHPrac, including an education and training calendar, visit the Black Dog Institute website. Another valuable resource for information, online programs, helplines and news on mental health and wellbeing is mindhealthconnect.