To engage in regular peer support and professional development, the Warwick Network meet in the town’s largest and busiest medical centre.
Social worker and network coordinator, Kathryn Walton organises the meetings over lunchtime. By scheduling the meetings over the lunch break, the network makes it easier for the GPs who work at the clinic to join their meeting.
“Holding meetings in the clinic has given the network the opportunity to develop a good partnership with the centre. It has allowed members to establish relationships with the practitioners who work there, which we think will help with referrals and with service knowledge, “said Kathryn.
The Warwick Network has a range of practitioners attending their meetings. GPs, psychiatrists, drug and alcohol workers, education and community support workers and social workers are all regular members.
“Having input from a broad range of mental health disciplines gives the network the opportunity to understand and discuss mental health issues from different perspectives and experiences. That’s the advantage of interdisciplinary, “she said.
The network also holds some evening meetings. Last year, the network met on World Mental Health Day and discussed methamphetamine use and mental health. This year’s meeting involved discussions on the changes to the Mental Health Act 2016. In June the group will meet to discuss problem gambling.
Is your network looking to attract more GPs? Consider scheduling a network meeting at your local medical clinic. Contact your Project Officer to discuss strategies.