Family Violence | Engaging Aboriginal mothers and families | Infant-led practice
The perinatal period is a time of increased vulnerability for both mental health issues and family violence.
Midwives, MCH Nurses and other professionals working with families at this time play a key role in recognising when their clients may be struggling with these issues, supporting disclosure, and offering support and appropriate referrals.
Aboriginal health and community organisations are key referrals for Aboriginal mothers and families, and can work alongside mainstream services to support vulnerable families.
Join us for a special PANDA workshop to strengthen your knowledge and skills in:
- having difficult conversations with clients to support disclosure of and explore family violence
- how family violence impacts on infant development, and how infant-led practice can support positive family change
- the barriers that Aboriginal mothers and families face in accessing your service; improving access and engagement
- the role of Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health organisations and community organisations.
Featuring Infant Mental Health specialist Wendy Bunston, Antoinette Braybrook CEO of Djirra (formerly Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service) and clinical staff from the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service.
Learn more about this workshop.
Thursday 28 June 2018 | 9am to 4pm Amora Hotel Riverwalk, 649 Bridge Road Richmond
$195 or $115 for students
Main image by Tahnee, a proud descendant of the Yorta Yorta, Taungurung, Mutti Mutti & Boonwurrung people. The message sticks used throughout is a way of representing communication and the colours reflect our pink for empowering women, yellow for positivity and orange for optimism.
What do we cover?
Based on experiences and data from the National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline and engagement with consumers, families and health services across the country, these perinatal practice wisdom workshops aim to increase health professional knowledge and confidence in supporting the emotional and mental health needs of expecting and new parents. Previous workshop topics have included family violence, perinatal anxiety, perinatal distress in fathers and non-birth mothers, working with refugees, motherhood as a grief and loss experience, and the needs of families affected by issues including sexual assault, birth trauma, IVF, premature birth, infant illness and disability. PANDA workshops are run at the Amora Hotel Riverwalk in Richmond, Victoria; a discount room rate is offered for participants requiring accommodation. Agencies in other states can request PANDA training or presentations.
What to expect
PANDA workshops bring together the latest research, learnings from the National Helpline (data, case studies and practice tips), professionals working in the relevant fields, and real life stories shared by parents. Workshops offer participants both knowledge and skills; their relevance and practical approach are consistently reflected in participant feedback:
Relevant, current and delivered well. Case studies are a great way to gain increased awareness, understanding and insight. - MCH Nurse
Ideas and suggestions that I can take back to the unit to improve our practice. - Maternity Unit Manager
Excellent combination of facts and insights, helpful interventions and outcomes. Very practical info that I will be able to adapt info informing my practice to better respond to mothers’ needs. – Psychologist
Who attends PANDA workshops?
Workshops are relevant to all professionals and volunteers working with expecting and new parents and families. Participants include midwives and birth educators, maternal and child health nurses, psychologists and counsellors, social workers, GPs, allied health and early childhood professionals. Workshops are well priced and offer a significant student discount, which is also available to volunteers who are supporting families in the perinatal period.
For more information contact our Community Education and Training Coordinator Sarah Marlowe at PANDA's national office on (03) 9926 9032 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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