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BioMedica Mental Health Summit

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This is a must attend event for all healthcare professionals

Increase your confidence in delivering effective person-centred interventions for your patients,  while implementing self-care strategies to build your resilience and a sustainable clinical practise. The Summit is Strictly Practitioner Only and not suitable for members of the general public.
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About the Event

BioMedica Mental Health Summit

Organised and run by BioMedica Nutraceuticals, the Mental Health Summit 2022, brings together esteemed clinicians and speakers in the fields of mental health and natural medicine. The incidence of psychological distress worldwide continues to rise, as does the rate of practitioner burnout. There is an urgent need to understand and adopt a person-centred approach to mental healthcare that ultimately allows both patient and practitioner to mentally thrive.
During the Summit, practitioners will be encouraged, equipped and empowered to facilitate the complex journey of mental health care, which meets the needs of both the patient and practitioner alike.
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Why you should attend

Mental health crisis calls for person-centred care

Mental health issues have been rising worldwide and noticeably in Australia over the last 2 decades, with mental health disorders consistently representing one of the highest burdens of non-fatal illness.

Exacerbated by recent social, political, financial, environmental and health uncertainties, almost 1 in 6 Australian’s have reported experiencing high levels of psychological distress. Coupled with increased rates of health practitioner burnout, there is a current unmet and urgent need to adopt a person-centred mental health care framework.

The person-centred medicine movement focuses on both the ‘person of the patient’ and the ‘person of the clinician’. It acknowledges that the patient is not a passive recipient of care but an active partner.

Person-centred care also recognises the critical role of the practitioner in the therapeutic relationship and their skills, thoughts, emotions and resilience. The relentless need for empathy, compassion and technical upskilling in mental health practise, can lead to compassion fatigue and burnout, which ultimately impacts the success and implementation of person-centred care.

In this summit, practitioners will be brought up to date with the latest, evidence-based, holistic strategies for managing common mental health conditions. Embedded within the 2-day event are practical self-care strategies which will enable delegates to maintain a healthy mindset and sustainable practise, and to deliver the best clinical outcomes for patients.

Practical clinical examples will reinforce the theoretical backdrop, providing treatment strategies which can be immediately integrated into your clinical practice.
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Key learning outcomes

What you walk away with

  • Practical clinical insights from leading clinicians specialising in various and dynamic aspects of mental health care, which can be immediately integrated into your clinical practice
  • Increased confidence in delivering effective person-centred clinical interventions for patients at various stages of their mental health journey
  • Practitioner self-care strategies to build resilience and a sustainable clinical practise
  • An appreciation of the complexities of holistic treatment priorities in mood disorders
  • An opportunity to network within an intuitive and interactive online hub.

 

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Mental Health Summit Program

Timetable

Friday

July 22, 2022

Saturday

July 23, 2022
13:00 - 13:10

Welcome Address

13:15 - 14:15

Practitioner resilience in mental health practice

Chandrika Gibson

Synopsis

Health professionals of all disciplines are at high risk of burnout, especially those in mental health care. Conscientious, empathetic caregivers who seek to support the suffering of others are frequently exposed to vicarious trauma. Without adequate support, this repeated exposure to trauma may impact their ability to care for themselves and their loved ones, leading to symptoms of burnout including emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation and a loss of professional satisfaction. In order to sustainably serve those in need of mental health support, practitioners require trauma-informed environments, compassionate communication skills, and personal resilience scaffolding such as embodied practices of mindfulness and self-compassion.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Be familiar with different forms of trauma including vicarious trauma.
  • Consider the impact of repeated exposure to trauma on the nervous system and consequences for practitioner resilience.
  • Understand the differences between sympathy, empathy and compassion.
  • Be familiar with compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction.
  • Understand the role of compassionate communication in mental health care.
  • Be familiar with the evidence behind embodied practices of mindfulness and self-compassion for practitioner resilience.
  • Understand the principles of trauma-informed workplaces and communities.
  • Understand common motivations for mental health care practitioners and reflect on your career through a trauma-informed lens.
  • Learn and practice micro-skills of embodied mindfulness and self-compassion.
Speaker Bio
14:20 - 15:35

Session 1: Troubleshooting the depressed and anxious client - finding the underlying causes in our modern world

Jules Galloway
Jules Galloway

Synopsis

We are currently experiencing an epidemic of depression and anxiety. Stress is at an all-time high. Even as the world returns to a “new normal,” many of our clients are feeling worse than ever. In this session, Jules will take you through the various presentations of depressed and anxious clients, their predisposing and contributing factors, and how to gently unravel the case to achieve lasting results.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • The different phenotypes of depression and anxiety and how they present in clinic.
  • Using a functional medicine approach to identifying the root causes.
  • Pathology testing to identify underlying drivers.
  • Management of depression and anxiety - both acute and longer term.
  • Case studies
Speaker Bio
15:35 - 16:00

Refreshment Break and Networking Session

16:00 - 16:15

Self-care exercise 1

Chandrika Gibson
Chandrika Gibson
16:20 - 17:20

Mood pharmaceuticals: it’s complicated

Daniel Baden
Daniel Baden

Synopsis

Australia is the second highest prescriber of antidepressants in the OECD (10% adult population) and it has been demonstrated that antidepressant prescribing is not consistent with current clinical guidelines – AJGP Volume 50, Issue 12, December 2021. At the same time, the prescription rate of anxiolytics has increased by 31% and the long-term use of these medications is of concern to many professional bodies.

Many patients who seek out natural medicine for their mood disorders often wish to come off current medications or have done so recently, which commonly exacerbates the original symptom picture. In this session, we will discuss the physiological changes associated with mood drugs and opportunities to restore homeostasis with diet, lifestyle and supplemental intervention, with a view to achieving better long-term outcomes.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • A better understanding of physiological changes associated with mood drugs.
  • Treatment options to support patients whilst on common specified medications or going through withdrawal.
  • The impact of holistic medicine on better long-term outcomes.
Speaker Bio
17:20 - 17:25

Closing Remarks

12:00 - 12:05

Welcome Address

12:10 - 13:25

Session 2: Where to next? Long-term management of depression and anxiety for better outcomes

Jules Galloway
Jules Galloway

Synopsis

You’ve created an acute care plan, identified the underlying issues to be addressed… now what? In this session, Jules will take you through a framework for exploring the next layers of care, other associated health issues to look out for, and how to keep the ball rolling so that your client continues to improve (and thrive!).

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Long-term health issues associated with depression and anxiety.
  • Proactive care of the depressed or anxious client - staying on top of their health.
  • Digging deeper to prevent a relapse of mental health symptoms.
  • Creating an ongoing management plan for your client.
  • Case studies.
Speaker Bio
13:30 - 14:30

Peak performance for the modern practitioner

Kobie Allison
Kobie Allison

Synopsis

Kobie Alison, is an experienced psychodynamically trained Psychologist and the Director of a multidisciplinary allied health clinic, Modern Minds. Kobie's practice is trauma-informed with her special interests being complex trauma, personality disorders and eating issues. In this session, Kobie will illuminate opportunities to provide co-ordinated and collaborative care, recognising that true healing and health optimisation can only be realised when a person is supported in mind, body and soul. Kobie will introduce psychodynamic principles for the modern practitioner, in order to facilitate optimal mental health outcomes for the both patient and clinician alike. Practical clinical examples will enable immediate integration into naturopathic and holistic medicine practice.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • The modern practitioner and the importance of working holistically.
  • A self-monitoring approach to prevent compassion fatigue, ruptures, and ego stories.
  • Identifying core mental health problems and their treatment.
  • Boundaries and operating within roles, tasks and responsibilities of your profession.
  • Emotional maturity and case management, identifying the need for cross referral and appropriate language and the interpersonal skills required to recommend therapy.
14:35 - 14:50

Self-care exercise 2

Chandrika Gibson
Chandrika Gibson
14:50 - 15:20

Refreshment Break and Networking Session

15:25 - 16:10

The role of psychobiotics in depression, anxiety, and stress. A shift in neuroscience: targeting the gut to get to the brain

Lucie Lingrand
Lucie Lingrand

Synopsis

Over the past decade, neurobiologists and microbiologists have paid increasing attention to the microbiome-gut-brain axis (MGBa). In this session, the existing evidence on flagship psychobiotics will be reviewed and an update on the most recent research and insights emerging from the literature will be provided. Promising new research on the MGBa and its effects on specific conditions and disorders will also be discussed.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Discover the most documented psychobiotic: Cerebiome®.
  • Learn about the documented effects of Cerebiome® in clinical studies.
  • Explore the potential modes of action of Cerebiome® on the MGBa.
  • Gain insights on the potential and future perspectives of psychobiotics’.
Speaker Bio
16:15 - 17:15

Prescriptive lifestyle medicine

Despina Kamper
Despina Kamper

Synopsis

Our goal as health practitioners, particularly when treating clients with mental health conditions, is to deliver a sustainable prescription that leads to better long term health outcomes. This sometimes requires significant lifestyle changes to be made by the client. We are usually experts in understanding the pharmacological, nutritional, herbal or dietary aspects of our prescription; however, when it comes to advising lifestyle changes, we sometimes feel it is either not within our scope or we simply don’t have the time to invest in supporting clients through this process. This session will highlight the importance of including lifestyle medicine as part of an overall prescription and the ways in which this can be accomplished effectively.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Define the principles of lifestyle medicine and understand its strength as its own modality.
  • Review the literature on evidence-based approaches in lifestyle medicine.
  • Understand how to apply lifestyle medicine within your practice to support current prescriptions and sustain long-term outcomes
Speaker Bio
17:15 - 17:30

Closing Remarks

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*All session times are in AEST. Live Q&A is accounted for in each stated session time.

Your Investment

Super Early Bird

Closes midnight 16 May, 2022 (AEST)
$99.00
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Early Bird

Closes midnight 13 June, 2022 (AEST)
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Standard Ticket

Closes COB 21 July, 2022 (AEST)
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*All pricing is in AUD. International delegates will be charged in AUD. Standard registration ends close of business 21 July, 2022 or if sold out prior.

All Tickets Include

  • Studio quality live presentations delivered via an intuitive and interactive virtual event platform
  • Live and interactive Q&A session with each speaker following their presentation
  • Structured over two half days to allow greater flexibility for practitioners
  • Ability to download presentation notes booklets
  • Premier access to summit handouts and educational resources
  • Exclusive post-event discount offer for AUS & NZ practitioners
  • Presentation recordings available on-demand via the virtual event platform until 22 October 2022 for continued, self-paced learning
  • CPE certificate for 9 hours of learning

Questions? Get in touch.

Address

Unit 14, 34-36 Ralph Street
Alexandria NSW, Australia 2015

Phone

1300 884 702 or (02) 8339 0539

Online

danielle@cornerstoneevents.com.au
https://www.biomedica.com.au

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