The Risk Assessment and Management Symposium was conducted on March 10, 2011 at the Bradley Forum, City West. The symposium was organised jointly by the University of South Australia's Mental Health Research Group and SA Health's Acute Unit Matters. Approximately 120 interested clinicians attended to listen to 12 presentations. The 12 presentations were on a variety of issues that dealt with Suicide, Risk Assessment and Risk Management.
The first presentation was a keynote address given by Anthony Schapel the Deputy State Coroner on "What can we learn when things don't go well?"
The second presentation was from Annette Jones on "Themes from RCA Recommendation. Adverse Events: What We Have Learnt?" This presentation provided an overview of the adverse event process. It also explored how to encourage staff to identify issues within the mental health systems that contribute to, or result in adverse outcomes.
If you are interested in contacting Annette Jones about her presentation, please click here.
The third presentation was a combined effort from Dr Andrew Champion and Ms Lesley Legg. This presentation entitled "The Risks of Risk Assessment and Risk Training" explored why Risk Assessment is undertaken and how training can make a difference. It also explored if having a focus on risk narrows the therapeutic options involved, and how to interact with consumers and carers.
If you are interested in contacting Dr Andrew Champion about his presentation, please click here.
If you are interested in contacting Lesley Legg about her presentation, please click here.
The fourth presentation "A Country Hospital Case Presentation" was by Dr Saibal Guha and Mark Leach. They explored a complex case study from the country to highlight risk factors which are inherent with treatment in country and rural areas.
The fifth presentation "Risk Management in an Acute Inpatient Unit for Older People" was presented by Deb O'Kane.
If you are interested in contacting Deb O'Kane about her presentation, please click here.
The sixth presentation was by Enaam Oudih and entitled "Does Cultural Competency Really Exist?" This explored suicide Risk Assessments and managing care plans for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
If you are interested in contacting Enaam Oudih about her presentation, please click here.
The seventh presentation was a keynote address by Dr Craig Raeside entitled "The Top Five: A Forensic Psychiatrists View on Risk Management."
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The eighth presentation "How to Sleep Better At Night (most nights). Some Practical Pointers from an ED Psychiatrist" was by Dr Conrad Newman.
The ninth presentation was a combined effort from Ann McElroy and Philip Galley on "Managing Risk Through Community Engagement". This was broken down into the importance of educating the communities and the improvement of skills in both generalist nurses and midwives in mental health.
If you are interested in contacting Philip Galley about his presentation, please click here.
The tenth presentation was from Dr Michael Dudley, the Chairperson of Suicide Prevention Australia with "Crisis Response and the Role of Emergency Services and First Responders to Suicide and Suicide Attempts." Dr Dudley discussed some of the facts about suicide in Australia and how suicide and suicide attempts can affect those that are involved with both physical and emotional symptoms.
If you are interested in contacting Dr Michael Dudley about his presentation, please click here.
The eleventh presentation was a combined effort from Julie Murison and Adrian Jackson on "What We Have Learnt About Our Own Practices Through Engagement With Research Around Risk." This presentation focused on a study being conducted currently on how to engage consumers in acute psychiatric care.
If you are interested in contacting Julie Murison about her presentation, please click here.
The last presentation was by Tony Halczuk on "What We Are Learning When Things Go Well In Our Practice." This presentation discussed the positive outcomes that are being achieved in mental health services for those who are consumers.
If you are interested in contacting Tony Halczuk about his presentation, please click here.
A copy of the Risk Symposium Program (PDF, 600kb) can be found here.
After both the Morning and Afternoon programs there was a panel discussion involving the presenters from those sessions. This was facilitated by Dr Andrea Gordon and included consumers Matthew Halpin (Acting Senior Peer Specialist, Acute and Rehabilitation Services) and Barbara Doogue (Consumer Specialist Worker, Wondakka Community Rehabilitation Centre).
The feedback from the symposium has been overwhelmingly positive. This has meant that another symposium is likely to take place before the end of 2011.
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Read the SA Health Newsletter on the Symposium here.