Certification and CPD points now available for health professionals | The Possums Clinic
Certification and CPD points now available for health professionals

Increasing numbers of doctors, midwives, nurses, allied health professionals, and psychologists in Australia and overseas are integrating the Possums approach into their work in post-birth care. We invite you to join Associate Professor Pamela Douglas (Adjunct), Dr Koa Whittingham, and our team of experienced clinicians for interactive, case-based, day-long seminars. You’ll have opportunity to reflect upon your practice, build upon your existing skills, and update in the evidence. Be prepared for lively discussion and debate as we share our programs with you.

Evidence-based care of parents and babies 0-6 months: gaps and controversies (Possums Certification 1)

In very early life, babies and their families are set on interpersonal and developmental trajectories with life-long health implications. Yet the gap between evidence and clinical practice is bigger here than at any other time of life. Parents still receive seriously conflicting advice concerning the management of difficulties with feeds, sleep and crying. This confusion among health professionals may even, paradoxically, worsen these problems or worsen parental anxiety - increasing the risk of postnatal depression. Babies commonly receive inappropriate medical diagnoses, too, which may paradoxically increase the risk of health problems later on.

Possums Education brings a new cross-disciplinary and integrated approach to the complex problems of feeds, sleep, unsettled infant behaviour, and parent mental health in early life, opening up the latest research and challenging accepted orthodoxy across a range of topics. Our evidence-base is peer-reviewed and published in national and international medical journals, and is changing practice both here and overseas.

Dates available:

Auckland, New Zealand - Wednesday 20 April 2016 (Version B)

Canberra - Wednesday 7 September 2016 (Version A)

Melbourne - Thursday 8 September 2016 (Version B)

Hobart - Saturday 10 September 2016 (Version A)

Perth - GP16 Conference Wednesday 28 September 2016 (Version A)

Perth - Saturday 22 October 2016 (Version A)

Sydney - Tuesday 18 October 2016 (Version B)

Adelaide - Thursday 20 October 2016 (Version A)

Brisbane - 2 February 2017 (Version B)

This activity has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program for 40 Category 1 points (Activity: 16490) 2014-2016 Triennium. It has also been endorsed by the ACN according to Continuing Professional Development Endorsed Course Standards, and allocated 10 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. It is an Australian College of Midwives CPD Recognised Course for 10 CPD points. The CERPS Approval Number, for 10 L-CERPs, is C21512. Participants from other health disciplines will receive a certificate of completion to submit to their professional organisation for CPD points.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for perinatal and infant mental health

This day-long workshop, written by Dr Koa Whittingham, aims to help health professionals:

  • Understand how ACT applies to a perinatal population and how contextual behavioural science relates to other perinatal theoretical frames including attachment theory
  • Enhance the ability to apply ACT skills such as mindfulness and defusion to the perinatal context through demonstration, practice and discussion
  • Develop the ability to apply ACT flexibly, simply and subtly to perinatal mental health issues as they emerge in the clinical context

Dates available: 

Auckland, New Zealand - Thursday 21 April 2016

Melbourne - Friday 9 September 2016

Sydney - Wednesday 19 October 2016

Brisbane -  Friday 3 February 2016

This activity is currently being submitted for approval for CPD points with various relevant professional organisations.

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Possums Certification 3 – Clinical Audit

Clinical audit: improving the management of common presentations 0-6 months post-birth in your practice.

Ongoing  from 13 February 2015

Completion either concomitantly or previously of 'Evidence-based care of mothers and babies: gaps and controversies (Possums Certification 1) is compulsory for enrolment in this workshop.

This activity has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program for 40 Category 1 points (Activity: 16490) 2014-2016 Triennium. It has also been endorsed by the ACN according to Continuing Professional Development Endorsed Course Standards, and allocated 10 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. It is an Australian College of Midwives CPD Recognised Course for 10 CPD points. The CERPS Approval Number, for 10 L-CERPs, is C21512. Participants from other health disciplines will receive a certificate of completion to submit to their professional organisation for CPD points.

Information and Registration

 

 

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