Update from CESAHN Chair

On 7 April 2016 I had the opportunity to attend a mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drugs think tank at the PHN. The chairs of the various member organisations were invited, together with representatives from the Foundation Clinical Council and Foundation Community Council, and a number of other senior people within the PHN. The meeting showed me just how well CESPHN understands the issues and needs of our community. The strategy or operational plan arising from this process will no doubt be well targeted, relevant, and directed to groups of high need. Unfortunately funding will never be able to cover every need in every area, but I have great confidence that the PHN will pick some key objectives that will bring about much needed help.

I am also pleased to announce that following on from the success of our first breakfast series in Kogarah, Dr Monica Moore will be back to run these CPD events in Ashfield in June. This two-session series, entitled ‘Overcoming Roadblocks in Treatment’ will serve as an introduction to the principles and practice of motivational interviewing. This is relevant to all allied health professionals who want to help their clients achieve behavioural change. The events are free for CESAHN members and $44 per event for non-members. With membership being only $88 per year, now would be a great time to consider joining CESAHN. In addition to free entry to all CPD events for allied health, membership is also a great way to help ensure the voice of allied health is heard within Central and Eastern Sydney.

Stay tuned for more details, and don’t forget to click the CPD calendar to see other events being held across the region.

Tony Merritt, Central and Eastern Sydney Allied Health Network