Mental health education

Deakin Rural Health works with universities, hospitals, health providers and the Australian Government to provide mental health education to students and health professionals throughout South West Victoria.

DRH education and training

Deakin Rural Health (DRH) offers mental health education and training workshops to medical, nursing and pharmacy students in the South West Victoria region. We also provide tailored training to health services, general practitioners, practising nurses and health organisations.

We've delivered workshops to students and organisations across the regional towns of Camperdown, Hamilton, Portland and Warrnambool. Past training has focused on topics including:

  • the Mental Health Act
  • how to support patients in the emergency department with mental health issues
  • management and coordination of aggression in the emergency department and triage
  • how to hand over a client with mental health issues.

We also provide simulation-based education to medical, nursing and pharmacy students on a range of mental health disorders. This utilises standardised patients in a safe environment for students to effectively practise communication skills, develop management plans and learn how to conduct a mental state examination.

For more information about our training programs, please contact Chris Healey.

Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Mental Health

The Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program is an Australian Government Department of Health funded program that provides support and training to health professionals, and raises awareness of the need to improve management of mental health issues.

The program also works with our Student Support Program to improve students' experience of studying disciplines related to mental health (including nursing, psychology, social work and occupational therapy), while undertaking their clinical placements in south-west Victoria.

For more information about the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program, please contact Kate Schlict.