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MHPN to support work of Royal Commission with practitioner resources

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Chris Gibbs/Chief Executive Officer
2 mins read·August 29th, 2013
MHPN is pleased to be one of four organisations selected by FaHCSIA to support the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse.
– Chris Gibbs

MHPN is pleased to be one of four organisations selected by FaHCSIA to support the work of the Royal Commission into Institutionalised Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by developing resources for practitioners working with survivors of childhood abuse.

Over the next 12 months MHPN will produce a series of webinars that will help practitioners work collaboratively to support adult survivors of childhood abuse.

“We’re privileged to be amongst a select group of providers charged with this important responsibility,” said MHPN’s CEO, Chris Gibbs. “Our unique ability, through our webinar platform to deliver a multidisciplinary message to a large and diverse audience helps overcome both geographic and discipline boundaries was well regarded by the Royal Commission.”

We’ll work with our collaborating partner Adults Surviving Childhood Abuse to develop the resources and expect to deliver the first webinar before the end of the year.

Keep an eye on our website for updates on this specialist program.

Other ways MHPN supports practitioners working in complex trauma

MHPN has already produced two webinars that cover complex trauma. Each is available for free download or viewing.

A Collaborative Approach to Supporting Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse. A timely discussion by an interdisciplinary panel, in considering how to best support Judy, a grandmother with a history of anxiety and depression, who presents at her local hospital’s emergency department with suicidal thoughts.

Complex Trauma: working together, working better to support adult survivors of childhood abuse. The panel’s discussion reviews the key principles for effective assessment and management of mental health issues for people with complex trauma.

Interested in joining a professional group that works together to support each other and consumers?

MHPN’s 450 networks provide a forum for practitioners to get together to build stronger relationships, improve referral pathways, create local professional development opportunities, share experiences and provide peer support.

Complex trauma is a popular topic for discussion at network meetings. If you’re a network member and would like your network to cover this important topic, speak to your group’s coordinator in the first instance.

If your local mental health community could benefit from a network with this focus, contact MHPN on 1800 209 031 or email networks@mhpn.org.au to see how we can help you start or join one.

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