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About the CPD short courses

This short course is conducted over two days and is equivalent to 14 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

Clients with serious mental illness have a 20% reduction in life expectancy compared with the general population.  This is primarily a result of poor metabolic health. This two-day short course will provide an introduction to the issue of physical health care within mental health. The core focus of the short course teaches participants how to identify and monitor metabolic abnormalities, and implement prevention and treatment strategies to overcome them. 

There is solid evidence that lifestyle and pharmacological interventions are successful in reducing rates of morbidity and mortality in people with serious mental illness. Participants will be guided through the utilisation of these interventions in a practical way that will allow participants to put into operation what they have learnt on return to the workplace.

Date and location

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

If you would like to tell us which courses you would like to see in your area, please click here to complete a short survey.

Fees

RN member $327.00 RN non-member $385.00
EN member $269.00EN non-member $327.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • understand metabolic syndrome and how it relates to clients that experience mental illness
  • confidently screen for metabolic health
  • understand factors that lead to poor physical health in mental health consumers
  • have a clear comprehension of pharmacological and lifestyle interventions available to intervene to prevent and treat metabolic complications
  • be able to implement these interventions on return to the workplace.

Program outline

Day 1

8:45am

Registration and welcome

9:00am

Physical health and mental health introduction and background

10:00am

Understanding metabolic syndrome

11:00am

Morning tea

11:15am

The RaDiCal (Bondi) model – an intervention approach for metabolic care

12:15pm

Lunch 

1:00pm

Screening for metabolic health

3:15pm

Afternoon tea

3:30pm

Smoking and mental health

4:45pm

Summary

5:00pm

Day one finish

Day 2

9:00am

Physical health care of mental health consumers 

10:00am

The lived experience – consumer perspectives of their physical health

11:00am

Morning tea

11:15am

Interventions part one – exercise 

12:15pm

Lunch 

1:00pm

Interventions part two – dietary

2:00pm

Interventions part three – pharmacological

An algorithm for better metabolic health

3:30pm

Afternoon tea

3:45pm

Shaping the future – developing a model that is suitable for your work setting

4:45pm

Evaluation and finish