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PhD Candidate Seminar

Nicole Micallef

Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietician

State-wide Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Coordinator

Tasmanian Cystic Fibrosis Service

Are Children Just Little Adults?  A Developmental Exploration of Children’s Chronic Condition Self-Management.
Thursday, May 8th, 20142:30pm – 3:30pm
Seminar Room 4T 234 (ground floor, accessed via signs from foyer)
Margaret Tobin Centre, Bedford Park, SA

  Nicole_Micallef (PDF 434KB)


Review service of apps for children

The Australian Council on Children and the Media, with funding from the SA Government, launched a review service of apps for children on April 7. This new initiative from ACCM will also incorporate a Children and Gambling Watchlist.

To read an article on the app: http://childrenandmedia.org.au/news/news-items/2014/know-before-you-load-a-new-service-to-help-parents-find-the-best-in-apps-and-avoid-those-that-promote-gambling1

For more information about the Australian Council on Children and Media: http://childrenandmedia.org.au


Psychiatry Grand Round

Department of Psychiatry Grand Round Flinders Medical Centre

Tuesday April 15th 2014: 12.30-1.30pm

Room 4T234, Margaret Tobin Centre, Flinders Medical Centre

"Cognitive Versus Exposure Therapy for Problem Gambling"

David Smith MHN, BSc, M App Statistics, Research Fellow, Flinders University

David_Smith (PDF 381KB)


Psychiatry Grand Round

Department of Psychiatry Grand Round Flinders Medical Centre

Tuesday March 18th 2014: 12.30-1.30pm.

Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, Function Centre (next to T-Bar, Flinders Medical Centre).

"The War On Mental Health" 

Prof.Julio Licinio, Deputy Director, Translational Medicine and Head, Mind and Brain Theme, SAHMRI

Professor of Psychiatry, Flinders University 

  Licinio (PDF 496KB)


Mental Health and Wellbeing of Rural Young People Targeted in Young and Well Towns

Flinders University is partnering with Country Health SA and the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre to create Young and Well Towns, aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people in rural and regional areas.

Young and Well Towns Media Release (PDF 64KB)  


Psychiatry Grand Round

Department of Psychiatry Flinders Medical Centre

Monday February 3rd, 2014: 9:30-11am

Seminar Room 4T 234 (ground floor, accessed via signs from foyer)

Margaret Tobin Centre, Bedford Park SA

"Mood, Cognition and Trajectories in Mental Illness"

Dr. Scott Clark-Psychiatrist, Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide

Please note: Psychiatry Grand Rounds are scheduled to be held on a Tuesday from March 2014.


Postgraduate Semester 1 Courses-New Closing Dates

Please note-the admission application closing dates for Semester 1 Postgraduate courses have been extended to Monday February 24.

For more information, please contact: 8404 2323.


AMA Media Release:
Problem Gambling & Addiction

Problem_Gambling_AMA (PDF 215KB)


Psychiatry Grand Round

Department of Psychiatry Flinders Medical Centre

Monday November 25th, 2013: 9.30-11am

"Relapse in Electronic Gaming Machine Problem Gambling"

Jane Oakes-Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Lecturer Flinders University  

Jane Oakes Flyer (PDF 203KB)


Psychiatry Grand Round

Department of Psychiatry Flinders Medical Centre

Wednesday November 20th: 9.30-11am

"Translational Approaches to Research in Depression"

Professor Julio Licinio

Prof Julio Licinio (PDF 186KB)


Workshop Invitation: Wednesday November 20

'Implementation in Aboriginal health: experiences, challenges and ways forward for South Australia'  

Implementation workshop flyer (PDF 870KB)


Psychiatry Grand Round

Department of Psychiatry Flinders Medical Centre

Monday November 4, 2013: 9.30-11am

Seminar Room 4T 234 (ground floor, accessed via signs from foyer) Margaret Tobin Centre, Bedford Park, SA

"Through the Looking Glass"

Emergency Mental Health and Potential New Approaches.

Assoc Professor Tarun Bastiampillai (PDF 155KB)

Acting Regional Clinical Director SLHN Mental Health Services


Exposing the links between gambling and suicide-SBS radio

FHBHRU staff members Dr. Rene Pols and Dr. Conrad Newman were interviewed by SBS radio on gambling and suicide.

Read the transcript below:


Psychiatry Grand Round

Department of Psychiatry Flinders Medical Centre

Monday October 28th, 2013: 9.30-11am

Seminar Room 4T 234 (ground floor, accessed via signs from foyer) Margaret Tobin Centre, Bedford Park, SA.

"Putting the person first-the concept, the evidence, the reality: how do we implement self-management support in the real world?"

Prof. Malcolm Battersby-Director, Flinders Human Behaviour & Health Research Unit, Flinders University of South Australia.


Flinders scores well for best job prospects

Jordanna Schriever's recent overview (The Advertiser) of the postgraduate ratings of the three state universities in the Good Universities Guide sees Flinders post graduate students as the "most likely to gain full-time employment." Flinders postgraduates also "received top marks for teaching quality, generic skills and overall satisfaction"

 (see page 28 of attached link)   today’s media monitoring 


Mental Health Week Event

To promote Mental Health Week the Mental Health Coalition (MHCSA) is inviting all South Australians to make a stand against stigma at their 'Letting Go Of Stigma' event at Hindmarsh Square on Tuesday October 8 from 11.30am. For more information: Mental Health Coalition Event (PDF 281KB)  

This event is one of many in Mental Health Week 2013 (see www.mhcsa.org.au for details)


Recent publications-Congratulations

Congratulations to Peter Harvey and Tiffany Lavis on their recent publication-Problem Gambling and family violence; family member reports of prevalence, family impacts and family coping. Suomi A, Jackson AC, Dowling NA, Lavis T, Patford J, Thomas SA, Harvey P, Abbott M, Bellringer ME, Koziol-McLain J, Cockman S. Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health 2013, 3:13 (13 August 2013)


New grant-APHCRI

Congratulations to Professor Malcolm Battersby and Associate Professor, Sharon Lawn on their recent grant-Improving the "network planning and management" of integrated primary health care for older people in rural regions. APHCRI, 2013-2014, $149,000. Professor Jeff Fuller (Professor of Nursing, primary health care) is Chief Investigator and Professor Battersby is Associate Investigator.


Statewide Gambling Therapy Service-New Contract

A new contract has been negotiated with the Department for Communities & Social Inclusion/Office for Problem Gambling to fund the Statewide Gambling Therapy Service (SGTS) to June 2016. The contract is for a total of $4.095m and underpins our treatment service for another three year cycle.

The Statewide Gambling Therapy Service provides treatment for people with gambling disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions.

In light of the new contract, SGTS will conduct a planning day for staff on September 5th. This provides an opportunity to review the SGTS business plan and focus on areas such as exploring treatment processes, data collection and reporting and flexible staffing options for the service.

Building on the new contract, priorities will be established around treatment approaches, program delivery, research, training and sustainability.


Accredited Trainers Forum (save the date) 

An Accredited Trainers forum will be held on Thursday 31st October at the Flinders University Function Room. All Flinders Program™ trainers past and present have been invited to attend.

Reports on the Flinders Closing the Gap Chronic Condition Management Program™ and the Coordinated Veterans Care Program will provided along with other presentations Join Professor Malcolm Battersby, Assoc Prof Sharon Lawn, Prof Peter Harvey, Dr.Melanie Harris, Dr. Marie Heartfield and others for an update on current FHBHRU Chronic Condition Management research and training activity.

The full list of speakers and program for the day will be provided closer to the date. For further information: ccm@flinders.edu.au



2012 SA Health Awards - Strengthening Primary Health Care Award

A big congratulations to our local SA Health Award winners.

The Strengthening Primary Health Care Award was presented to the Chronic Conditions Self-Management Support Program delivery at GP Plus Marion and GP Plus Super Clinic Noarlunga.

For more information please refer to the following link: SA Health



Problem Gambling Workshop - 16-19 July 2012

The Flinders Human Behaviour & Health Research Unit (FHBHRU) recently hosted a four day Problem Gambling Workshop facilitated by Jane Oakes, Team Leader, Statewide Gambling Therapy Service (SGTS), assisted by Ben Riley, Amii Larsen and Kirsten Dunn from the SGTS.

The Victorian Statewide Problem Gambling and Mental Health Program based at the Alfred Hospital requested training in the SGTS treatment program for use in their outpatient and residential program. Workshop participants included five clinicians from the Victorian State-wide Problem Gambling and Mental Health Program (one psychologist, one social worker and two nurses) and a psychiatric registrar from Drug & Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA).

The practical and interactive workshop enabled the participants to reach competencies in key areas of clinical practice including assessment of a problem gambler using a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) screening format, delivery of a full exposure therapy treatment rationale, development of gambling problem statements and goals for treatment, treatment using cue exposure and response prevention, understanding of measurement tools to monitor behaviour change, development of relapse prevention strategies and understanding the discharge and follow up process.

On the final day of the workshop the participants all passed their first clinical competency to conduct a screening assessment of a problem gambler and present a treatment rationale at the end of the screening to the client.  Ongoing liaison will ensure the participants' are able to progress their clients through a course of graded exposure and consolidate the skills taught in the workshop.  

The consensus from those attending was that the workshop was successful with one participant saying that: 'I would like to personally thank you... for one of the best structured and delivered training packages I have experienced...'


To discuss SGTS treatment program training opportunities please contact Jane Oakes – Team Leader SGTS jane.oakes@health.sa.gov.au or Ph: 08 8204 6982



Ben Riley (middle of shot) and Jane Oakes (right of shot) from the Statewide Gambling Therapy Service accompanied by (left to right) DASSA participant and Victorian Statewide Problem Gambling and Mental Health Program participants.


Chronic Conditions Newsletter - June 2012 edition


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Information sharing for the management of chronic conditions in primary health care: How does it work and what are the outcomes?

This research examined how information sharing within multidisciplinary health care teams can be enhanced to optimise the effectiveness of care planning for chronic condition management. A mixed method approach was applied to examine how information sharing operates and to seek client and health worker perspectives about how it may be improved. The findings reveal a range of key barriers to effective information sharing. These include: structural aspects of service collaboration, closed communication, ineffective procedures around consent, overlapping care plans, interactions that foster dependency and a lack of client involvement in decision making. Potential strategies to overcome the effects of these barriers at the policy and practice levels are suggested throughout the reports.

Full Report - click Information sharing for the managment of chronic conditions in PHC (full) (PDF 305KB)

Report Summary - Information sharing for the managment of chronic conditions in PHC (summary) (PDF 33KB)

For further information please contact Associate Professor Sharon Lawn: sharon.lawn@flinders.edu.au

 This research is a project of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, which is supported by a grant from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. The information and opinions contained in the report do not necessarily reflect the views or policy of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute or the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.


Chronic Condition Management Strategies in Aboriginal Communities Final Report 2011

This is the final report of a project called 'Chronic Condition Management Strategies in Aboriginal Communities' conducted during 2008-2011.  The goal was to evaluate, and where possible develop and demonstrate effective and transferable chronic condition management strategies, and to generate research evidence about their processes, impact and health outcomes.

This project provides strong qualitative and quantitative evidence that people involved in structured chronic condition management strategies (eg care plans) improve their health and wellbeing over time. 

The report was created through a partnership of Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council, in collaboration with Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Council, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., and the Riverland Community Health Service.

The final report can be downloaded through the following link: Chronic Condition Management Strategies in Aboriginal Communities (PDF 4MB)


Kowanko, I., Helps, Y., Harvey, P., Battersby, M., McCurry, B., Carbine, R., Boyd, J., Abdulla, O., 2012,  Chronic Condition Management Strategies in Aboriginal Communities: Final Report 2011, Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, Adelaide.

Helps, Y. & Kowanko, I. 2011, Riverland Aboriginal Chronic Disease Support Group Community Storybook 2011, Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, Adelaide.

Gahanao, P. van Pelt P, Kowanko I & Helps Y.  Care Plan Health Promotion Poster: A Way of Reading and Learning Chronic Condition Self Management in Aboriginal Communities, in: 14th Annual Chronic Diseases Network Conference. 2010: Darwin, Northern Territory, South Australia.

Gahanao, P., Helps, Y. and Kowanko I. 2010 Chronic condition self management stars posters – Isabel, Jackie, Wally, Flinders University and PLAHS, Adelaide.

Helps, Y. and McCurry, B. 2010, Could you be a self management star? PLAHS Health promotion poster , Flinders University and PLAHS, Adelaide.


Please refer to The Lowitja Institute website for links to the Self-Management Stars posters and the Riverland Aboriginal Chronic Disease Support Group: Community Storybook; resources that were produced through this project. 

For further information contact:inge.kowanko@flinders.edu.au or yvonne.helps@flinders.edu.au 


Department of Veterans' Affairs - Coordinated Veterans' Care Program

Education & Training Resources.

The Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) Program is a new coordinated care program initiated by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). It will provide high quality coordinated care to DVA Gold Card holders (including veterans and war widows) with chronic and complex health conditions in order to help them better manage their health and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.

Flinders University’s Human Behaviour & Health Research Unit, led by Professor Malcolm Battersby, is one of the partner organisations responsible for the development and management of the training and education modules to support the roll-out of the CVC Program. These resources and training modules are designed for GPs, Practice Nurses, Community Nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers who will be leading and providing care coordination for CVC participants. The care coordination process will involve planning and negotiating a Care Plan with the veteran themselves, enhancing their ownership of their own health.

The training modules are based on the most up-to-date evidence-based models of chronic condition care. They offer a flexible mode of education to help health professionals with veterans enrolled in the CVC Program to better coordinate the multidisciplinary care needed for the program.

The training modules will be available online and in print format and will be accredited by Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, Australian Practice Nurse Association and Royal College of Nursing Australia.

Module 1, ‘Coordinated Veterans’ Care – Is Your Service Ready?’ was released on September 9, 2011. The DVD and print copy versions of Module 1 are due for release in late November 2011. Module 2, ‘CVC Care Planning and Coordination’ is due for release December 16th 2011.

Further details about the Coordinated Veterans’ Care Program including the training modules and other training resources can be found at http://www.cvcprogram.net.au/

UTAS Rural Clinical School students get best advice from Professor Malcolm Battersby

During a recent trip to Tasmania, Professor Battersby held a series of discussions with the students at the UTAS Rural Clinical School on chronic condition self-management. The visit was part of the School's Health Research Matters program, an initiative between the School and the Department of Health and Human Services (Population Health) of Tasmania.

The Advocate May 7th 2011 - Expert Advice for Students

   Endorsement by Australia College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) 

We are excited to announce that training in the Flinders Program of Chronic Condition Management has been approved with ACRRM for 30 Planned Reflective Professional Development (PRDP) points for the period from 2011 - 2013.

In order to claim these points a GP must complete the Pre and Post Activities. For details on the PDP please visit http://www.acrrm.org.au/

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available now!

Eligible students pay only a certain portion of the full fee, while the balance will be paid by the Australian Government. Eligible Commonwealth supported students also receive a 10% discount for full or part (at least $500) payment of their student contribution amount paid by the due date and/or obtain a HECS-HELP loan from the Commonwealth Government to cover the student contribution amount.

For more information visit Commonwealth Supported Places 

Chronic Condition Management Training Is Now Available Online!

Registrations are welcome for the on-line training starting at the beginning of every month.

The online course contains the same content and resources as the two day workshop and includes online activities, reading, discussions, practice using the Flinders Tools and completion of three care plans.  All the materials, instructions and course facilitation are included and are accessed via the internet.

Support is provided through online discussions, email and forums and is facilitated by an Accredited Flinders CCSM Trainer.

Successful participants receive the same Certificate.

  • Train from the comfort of your home/office/coffee shop!
  • Train when you want (great for those with erratic schedules)
  • CCSM training is only a click away-online applications now open!

For more information and to apply for enrolment, please visit Self Management Online 

Accredited Trainers

All accredited trainers are requested to please access your section of the website for updates and copies of the presentations from the Forum held in November 2010.

If you are unable to login to this section, please contact ccm@flinders.edu.au

The Bond We Share - DVD and Resource Booklet 

The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, through the Australian Better Health Initiative (ABHI), determined that education and training of the existing and future health workforce was a key element in assisting people with chronic conditions and their family carers. This DVD (and resource booklet) represents a key resource developed from the findings of a series of consultations involving focus groups, a survey and individual in-depth interviews with South Australian mental health carers, informed by a literature review of national and international research and policy in this field.
The resource booklet includes:

  1. Learning objectives;
  2. A summary of the literature and consultation outcomes;
  3. Suggestions for how to use the DVD and booklet with health professionals, support organisations, and students;
  4. Questions for reflection; and
  5. Links for further resources.

The aim of this DVD and resource booklet is to help the workforce to:

  1. Understand the significant impact of caring for someone with a mental and physical health conditions, from the carer's perspective;
  2. Understand the day to day issues facing mental health carers and how carers can contribute as positive partners in supporting people with mental and physical health conditions;
  3. Critically analyse and reflect on their practice, in particular, their consideration of carers' input to enhance their work with people with mental and physical health conditions; and
  4. Recognise what are the most important things that the carers need Mental Health Service providers and other health professionals to understand about their needs.

It may be of particular use to:

  • Clinical Mental Health Service providers
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation service providers across public and private non-government organisations
  • Primary Health Care service providers
  • Managers of services in determining training offered to their employees
  • Carers and Carer Support Organisations
  • Undergraduate and post-graduate students

To order your copy of the DVD and resource booklet please download the Order Form here. Bond we share order form (PDF 265KB)

Endorsement By Royal College of Nursing, Australia

We are excited to announce that The Flinders Program of Chronic Condition Management has been endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing, Australia, according to approved criteria. This is for the period from 19 May 2010 to 19 May 2012.

Attendance attracts 11.5 RCNA Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) points as part of RCNA's Life Long Learning Program (3LP)

Day One: 6 RCNA CNE points

Day Two: 5.5 RCNA CNE points

In order to claim these points a Certificates of Attendance is required, which will be issued on completion of the workshop if requested.


Certificate of Competence Workshop earns Professional Development points

2-day Certificate of Competence Workshop
This activity has been approved by the RACGP QA&CPD Program.
TOTAL POINTS:  40 (Category 1) Activity No: 752165

We are very pleased to advise that an application for the 2-day Certificate of Competence Workshop activity was approved by the RACGP in June 2011 for the 2011–2013 triennium of the QI & CPD Program.

This means that any General Practitioner who has already completed the workshop and an additional Care Plan (reinforcing activity) can claim 40 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. GPs can become familiar and competent in the use of the Flinders Program for Chronic Care Management by completing another Care Plan to achieve the Certificate of Competence.

The Flinders Program for Chronic Care Management is spreading far and wide and we need to thank all those who have completed the Accredited Trainers program for their contribution to this success.  We aim to keep all licensed Accredited Trainers well informed about information that will impact on their teaching of the Certificate of Competence training.  To this end, we have written to them and all Accredited Trainers in training to update them on the strict quality assurance process we need to comply with to maintain the status of a RACGP QA&CPD Category 1 activity.  Therefore, it is important that we review our checking procedures to ensure that all participants including GP’s are provided with a Certificate of Competence program that meets the standard approved in our application.  Also any promotional material targeting GPs must use only the wording provided in the box above.

For details on the QI&CPD program, visit  http://qicpd.racgp.org.au/

Name  change!  ‘The Flinders Model’ now the ‘The Flinders ProgramTM

The research and clinical team at FHBHRU have changed the name of the Flinders approach to chronic condition prevention and management (previously called the Flinders Model of self-management) to the Flinders ProgramTM. The reasons for this change are two fold i.e., that the Flinders care planning process was originally designed as a set of processes and tools that could be used for many aspects of chronic care management with self-management support being but one important element of this process, secondly, that since its development 10 years ago, the process and philosophy has been adapted for many clinical areas and evolved into a series of training and education modalities.

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