Leadership in Mental Health Course

    The inaugural Leadership in Mental Health: Island Nations Course was held in conjunction with The Cairns Institute and Sangath (a Goa-based Indian NGO) in Cairns, Australia from 11-17 May 2015. The Cairns Leadership in Mental Health Course was based on the successful Sangath course run in Goa, India that is facilitated by Sangath and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

    The Cairns Course program was designed for mental health workers from settings in which resources are scarce and who are committed to improving care for people experiencing mental health disorders at a population level. The Course began with participants participating in relevant sessions at the Creating Futures Conference before moving out to The Cairns Institute for more participatory workshops about leadership in mental health. Participants came from Fiji, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Laos, Vanuatu, Maldives, West Papua, India, Micronesia and Papua New Guinea.

    Mentors facilitating the course were from London, India and Australia including JCU, Queensland Health and the University of Queensland.

    “I am back in Goa after trekking across half the world! Ernest, thanks to you and your wonderful team for making this conference and course happen. When we first discussed conducting the course in Australia, way back in November 2013 I had never imagined that it would turn out to be such an amazing experience. Personally, I must say that it has been a wonderful learning experience for me. I came to Cairns as a tutor on the LMH course but in terms of learning I left there taking more than I could possibly have given.”   (Abhijit Nadkarni, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and coordinator of the Sangath course)

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