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Free training about veteran mental health

DVA provides free online eLearning courses for health practitioners to gain a greater understanding of the mental health needs of veteran patients. The training can be used to claim Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.Thursday 12 Oct 2017 - DVA offers a range of free online training programs for health practitioners to build their understanding of the unique experiences and mental health needs of veterans. These include:

eLearning for General Practitioners (GPs)

This one hour course, Working with Veterans with Mental Health Problems, assists GPs to better understand how military service can affect the mental health of current and former Defence personnel and the referral pathways for DVA clients. It is hosted on the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) gplearning system, and is free to members. You will accrue CPD points upon completion.

Case Formulation and Treatment Planning Training

Veterans commonly present with comorbid disorders and complex needs that require careful treatment planning. Case formulation can assist providers to focus on the presenting problems that are likely to have the most impact on recovery and help set priorities for treatment. This program takes about three hours to complete and on completion, providers can print a certificate to claim CPD points.

vetAWARE—assist wisely and refer effectively

vetAWARE is an engaging, interactive and user-friendly mental health course, designed for community nurses. The course allows nurses to better understand the common mental health challenges faced by veterans and war widows, identify symptoms and refer appropriately. It can be undertaken in up to five hours but you do not need to complete the course in one session. Endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing Australia, it offers 10 Continuing Nursing Education points and CPD points.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)—Psychological Interventions

This program is for mental health clinicians to gain a better understanding of PTSD treatments. The full program takes about four to six hours to complete, but users have the ability to tailor their experience, focusing on aspects that they are most interested in. Upon successful completion, users will be able to print a certificate that can be used to claim CPD points.

Understanding the military experience

Military service has unique risk factors, and understanding the context of a patient’s service can improve the therapeutic relationship. This is an online two-hour program that will help health providers to better understand the impact of military experience on the mental health of veterans and ex-service personnel.

For information about these training programs and other educational resources, please visit the At Ease Professional website.

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