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|Title:||Description and evaluation of an up-skilling workshop for rural and remote mental health practitioners in South Australia|
|Citation:||Australasian Psychiatry, 2004; 12(3):273-277|
|Publisher:||Blackwell Science Asia Pty Ltd|
|Anna Chur-Hansen, Elizabeth Todd and Leslie Koopowitz|
|Abstract:||Objective: In response to the identified need for up-skilling in psychiatry for rural and remote general practitioners, a series of workshops has been designed and delivered to medical and nursing staff in South Australia. In this paper one such workshop is described, dealing with acute psychiatric care. Quantitative and qualitative evaluations of the workshop are reported on, and recommendations are made for future training programmes. Conclusions: The workshop was well received and increased participants’ knowledge about the management of acute psychiatric presentations. Qualitative data indicate that the pharmacological management and neurobiology of psychiatric illness was interesting but difficult for some participants, and further training in these areas may be appropriate in future workshops. Inclusion of all professional stakeholders in future training is recommended, including students, to promote interest in working in rural and remote health. Participants considered networking with colleagues as an important benefit of the workshop. Targeted training in psychiatry may be needed for overseas-trained doctors. Further, rigorous research is needed to evaluate the long-term benefits of up-skilling workshops, and to inform funding bodies as to where resources might be most effectively channelled.|
|Keywords:||Rural and remote psychiatry; Primary care; Psychiatric education|
|Description:||The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com|
|Appears in Collections:||Psychiatry publications|
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