Allied health professionals

headspace has developed free accredited online training for allied health professionals* working with young people.

The training modules are engaging, interactive, and evidence informed, with a range of interesting cases. The training also links to helpful clinical resources, including videos of consultations and interviews with healthcare professionals, other experts and young people.

The development of the training modules involved significant consultation with subject matter experts, healthcare providers, young people and family and friends representatives.

All modules have a mental health component and address specific considerations for treating young people who identify as coming from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, or as LGBTIQ+.

*Allied health professionals (AHPs) include Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) workers, Social Workers and Mental Health Nurses.

Module 1: ‘Youth Mental Health’

This course attracts 6 hours CPD

This module covers essential skills and knowledge needed when seeing young people in general practice, including best-practice recommendations and resources about:

  • Engaging young people
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Psychosis

This training is available on headspace Learning for headspace workers, and on ThinkGP for other AHPs.

Click here to watch a short video about this training module

Module 2: ‘Alcohol and other Drugs and Sexual Health in Young People’

This course attracts 6 hours CPD

This module builds on the skills acquired in module 1 and expands them with a further focus on Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and Sexual health issues in young people, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Cannabis
  • Methamphetamines
  • Motivational and other brief interventions
  • Impact of drug use on sexual health
  • Detox options and treatment
  • Screening for sexually transmitted infections
  • Harm minimisation including for injecting drug use
  • Condoms and contraception

This training is available on headspace Learning  for headspace workers, and on ThinkGP for other AHPs.

Click here to watch a short video about this training module

Module 3: ‘Developmental Disorders and Intellectual Disability in Young People’

This course attracts 6 hours CPD

This training course about developmental disorders in young people aims to provide allied health professionals and GPs with evidence-based skills for identifying, assessing and caring for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attentional Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and co-occurring mental health issues.

In particular, this course enables learners to:

  • Identify the key transitions in mental development during adolescence and their interactions with developmental disorders and mental health
  • Apply practical approaches to the assessment and ongoing management of developmental disorders including the need for careful differential diagnosis
  • Use screening and assessment resources available to clinicians and their patients, together with referral pathways for diagnosis and support
  • Understand the challenges of accessing specialist health services and providing support in rural and remote areas
  • Engage families, carers and educators in working with young people with developmental disabilities and offering peer support

 

This training is available on headspace Learning for headspace workers, and on ThinkGP for other AHPs

Click here to watch a short video about this training module

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Module 1: ‘Youth Mental Health’
Module 2: ‘Alcohol and other Drugs and Sexual Health in Young People’
Module 3: ‘Developmental Disorders and Intellectual Disability in Young People’