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EOI to participate in the PIPE-MC Program

The national PIPE-MC (Perinatal Interprofessional Psychosocial Education for Maternity Clinicians) project team led by Western Sydney University is seeking Expressions of Interest from maternity clinicians in the SESLHD to participate in a free training program (includes a one-day workshop and web-based resources) focused on perinatal mental health.

What is PIPE-MC

The PIPE-MC project is a simulation based, interprofessional training program designed to strengthen the capacity of health professionals to care for women with perinatal mental health concerns. A key focus of the program is to build skills in interprofessional collaboration. The development and evaluation of PIPE-MC has been funded by the Commonwealth Government Perinatal Mental Health Priority Grants.

The PIPE-MC workshops will be offered online via Teams or zoom on the 31st of March 0800-1630. Workshops are limited to maximum of 12 interprofessional participants.

Participants in each workshop will include midwives, obstetricians, general practitioners, (e.g.GP/Obstetricians), child & family health nurses/maternal child health nurses, and allied health: perinatal mental health, social workers, drug & alcohol clinicians as well as other related disciplines).

The interactive workshops will be supported by online augmented reality resources that build on skills practiced in the workshop and a community of practice forum.

At the end of the training participants will have skills and confidence to:

  • identity, explore and clarify the concerns/worries and strengths/resources that women, their partners and family have
  • identify and discuss referral pathways options with women and families
  • explore and clarify the experience and support needs of fathers, non-birth parents and other family
  • work in culturally sensitive ways including working with women and families from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds including cultural and peer support workers
  • participate in interprofessional communication and collaboration

Participants will also be invited to complete a pre and post workshop evaluation survey. This has ethics approval (2021/ETH12098)

For more information please contact:

Ms Louise Everitt PIPE_MC Project Manager and PhD Candidate

Email: louise.everitt@health.nsw.gov.au

Professor Virginia Schmied Project Lead Western Sydney University

Email: v.schmeid@westernsydney.edu.au