December eNews 2015

This edition


An ideal time for continuing professional development   

The quieter weeks around the new year can be a perfect time for time-poor professionals to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise.

The COPMI national initiative offers a variety of free, evidence-based eLearning courses that allow you to accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points with a range of professional associations.

Here’s why the COPMI courses are a great time investment
  • They are interactive, practical and engaging – making learning easier
  • You can take these courses any time – 24/7
  • You can pick up where you left off – there are no time limits
  • They include video demonstrations to help you visualise putting learning into practice
  • You can accrue CPD points with a range of professional associations

Best of all, all eLearning courses are entirely free!  

Professional endorsement

The COPMI national initiative’s courses are endorsed for CPD hours for a range of professional associations’ requirements. Find out out more about CPD status inside the eLearning system.

Institutions include:

  • The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • GPMHSC Focused Psychological Strategies
  • The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
  • The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
  • The Australian Association of Social Workers.

Note: Members of The Australian Psychological Society and Occupational Therapy Australia can accrue CPD hours by participating in CPD activities that they determine to be relevant to their individual professional skills, learning plans and goals. These can be self-initiated. CPD activities do not need to be formally endorsed by the APS or OT Australia as the other institutions listed above require.


Research survey – can you participate?

The Monash University is undertaking research on the way the COPMI national initiative’s research summaries are used by mental health and human service organisations.

‘Gateways to Evidence that MatterS’ (GEMS) are short, two-page research summaries that are related to COPMI-specific topics of interest.

Aims of the research

This research project aims to gain an understanding of:

  • who uses the GEMS summaries
  • the perceived usefulness of GEMS in affecting change
  • the need for the development of new GEMS
  • ways that GEMS’ dissemination could be improved.

Have you used at least one GEMS in your work?

If so, we would be grateful to receive your feedback.


Christmas and care plans

Planning helps families to prepare for tough times

Christmas can be a very stressful time of year for many people. For some, there may be complex social interactions with family, financial pressures and the pressure to have a ‘magical’ festive season. For others, it may be a time of isolation and loneliness.

For parents experiencing mental health problems (and their families) Christmas can be even more stressful.

Consider triggers to stress

Thinking about the triggers and stress you may face in the upcoming festive season can help you to prepare to manage them. What strengths do you have that you can draw on to help you cope? Who could you turn to for extra support if you need it? Who should you avoid or limit contact with if they add too much stress to your life?

It may also be a good idea to develop a care plan for your family about what to do in case there’s a mental health crisis. Care plans can help to alleviate some anxieties and fears you may be experiencing and can help children to feel reassured as well.

Care plans provide a reassuring backup plan

Care plans can be developed by families themselves, or with the support of a mental health professional. Different family members may have different worries, so it can be helpful to sit down and write the care plan together.

The COPMI national initiative has created these templates to help you develop your own care plan. You may want to complete these or simply use them as a guide.

Read more about developing a care plan at the COPMI website.


An invitation to follow us on LinkedIn 

We are now sharing valuable information for professionals through a LinkedIn page.

If you have a professional profile on LinkedIn, we invite you to follow the COPMI national initiative’s page for the latest professional resources, news, training and more.



International conference on ‘transgenerational mental health’

The international conference on ‘transgenerational mental health’ will be held in Basel, Switzerland on 17 to 19 August 2016.

This conference will cover the basics and implications of the transgenerational aspects of mental illness and mental health. It will also provide the opportunity to study and discuss neighbouring disciplines and evidence-based preventive approaches. There will be a special focus on the impact of parental mental illness on child, adolescent and adult offspring.

If you would like to submit a short paper, workshop, course or symposium for consideration at the conference, please note that abstracts close on January 15, 2016.


Happy festive season

Office closure dates

This is the COPMI national initiative’s last eNews update for 2015. The COPMI team would like to thank you for your ongoing interest in the work we do to promote better mental health outcomes for children of parents with a mental illness.

We would also like to wish you a happy and safe festive season!

Note: The COPMI office will be closed from midday Thusday 24 December 2015 to 9am (SA time) Monday 4 January 2016 (inclusive).

We would like to remind you that COPMI provides information and resources to the community but does not provide clinical advice or services. If you are seeking help or need urgent assistance (from within Australia) during the festive season, please call:

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14 (free from mobiles)
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 (free call)
  • Mensline on 1300 789 978 (local call)
  • In an emergency call ‘000’ (free call)

We look forward to resuming monthly eNews updates from mid-January 2016.


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