Kimberley O’Brien, our Principal Child Psychologist and Jacqui Olsson our Intern Psychologist, facilitated the first Double Bay branch meeting of the Mental Health Professionals Network on Wednesday, 29th July 2009 at Zest Waterfront Venues, Point Piper.
These meetings have been designed to foster greater collaboration by bringing together local mental health professionals from a range of disciplines, and the initial meeting was a great success. Attendees were from a variety of disciplines such as psychology, general practice, and nursing.
These meetings – and the networks they support and create – offer informal networking opportunities and a forum to discuss interdisciplinary professional approaches to care in the primary mental health sector.
After complimentary drinks and dinner, attendees formed a group to discuss the case study of Sam, an eight-year-old boy with social anxiety issues. This case study enabled everyone to:
- recognise the specific skills offered by other mental health professions in the local area;
- identify local mental health referral pathways and resources;
- identify opportunities for on-going professional development and mutual support.
The next meeting of the Double BayMHPN branch is tentatively scheduled for three months time.
Kimberley will be facilitating the first North Bondi MHPN meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 11th August 2009