Page 5572 - Week 14 - Thursday, 30 November 2017

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The total number of redirections to other services for 2016-17 have been 10,893. Redirections are made to medical imaging, CALMS/GP, Outpatient Clinics and the Emergency Department.

Many of these redirections are to ensure continuity of care for ongoing management with GPs or for other specialty services such as physiotherapy and/or for those clients who required treatment that is outside of the nurses’ scope of practice.

Education—mental health training
(Question No 822)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, upon notice, on 1 December 2017:

(1) Does the directorate offer mental health first aid training to teachers and staff in ACT public schools and colleges.

(2) What was the take-up in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18.

(3) What has been the feedback from staff undertaking the training.

(4) What have been the benefits for (a) staff and (b) school communities.

(5) How much did the directorate spend on staff training in mental health first aid during 2016-17.

(6) What is the directorate’s budget for staff training in mental health first aid training during 2017-18.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Mental health first aid training is a specific program designed to provide first aid skills to support people with mental health problems. The Education Directorate does not centrally coordinate or provide this training to schools. However, individual schools may access mental health first aid training if they feel it will be of benefit to their school and this is funded via individual school budgets.

In order to provide mental health support to schools the Education Directorate provides trauma training in schools when requested and after critical incidents the support of its School Psychologist Team. In addition to this training, the Directorate provides mental health support to teachers and staff in ACT public schools through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP is a work based intervention program designed to enhance the emotional, mental and general psychological wellbeing of all employees and includes services for immediate families. EAP assistance is provided to all teachers and staff within schools post any critical event.

(2) Mental Health First aid is not centrally coordinated but is accessed at school level. Therefore accurate numbers on take-up of this program are unknown.

(3) No information is available on feedback relating to mental health first aid training.

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