2016-17 Meetings

Collaborative Recovery Model

Thursday 25th May 2017

Our special guest Cora Browne, Acting Associate Director, Mental Health Practice Development Unit at Eastern Health delivered an entertaining and lively presentation and provided an overview of the Collaborative Recovery Model (CRM) which is a framework for a recovery oriented practice implemented throughout Eastern Health, Mental Health services. Collaborative Recovery Model is influenced by Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology, Consumer Participation and Evidence Based Practice. She shared her experiences around training and implementation of CRM.

We were encouraged to see all the CoP members come along to this interactive session and as always we welcome new members to attend and discover the value of belonging to a CoP network in the AOD sector.




At today’s meeting our guest speaker was Blanka Fragapane, Intake Worker - N&W Metro AOD Service, Odyssey House Victoria. Prior to working in the AOD sector, Blanka worked as an Employment Consultant.Blanka’s passion and positive outlook was reflected in her engaging presentation and included information on:
  • Role of a Disability Employment Case Manager 
  • Mutual obligations and what this means for the client 
  • Challenges the client’s face that have mutual obligations requirements by Centrelink 
  • Support available from Employment Services for the clients
Blanka has compiled some useful information to assist AOD clinicians that you can access here.  

Keep calm and write it down: Reflective practice in the workplace.
8 March 2017

Our guest speaker for this CoP network meeting was Anna Guthrie. Anna started work in the AOD sector as one of the first telephone volunteers for Family Drug Help in 2000. With a background in writing and editing, Anna has worked for a number of organisations including Turning Point, Family Drug Help, VAADA and Odyssey House in research, project coordination, marketing and communications and education.  Anna has taught "Making sense of experience: Evaluation and Reflective Practice" a subject offered within the Graduate Programs. Anna’s presentation was engaging, practical and interactive and included information on the following:
      • What is reflective practice and why is it valuable?
      • Journals vs Case notes
      • Barriers to reflecting on our work
      • Sharing writing with peers
      • Writing exercises
Anna has kindly agreed to share her PowerPoint presentation and is happy to answer any questions. She can be contacted via email annag@turningoint.org.au


Thursday 17 November 2016

At our last  COP meeting our special guest was Associate Professor Craig Hassed. He presented an entertaining and informative session on self-care and self-compassion. Craig is Senior Lecturer at the Department of General Practice where he has been teaching at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels since 1989. He is also coordinator of mindfulness programs at Monash University. He has been instrumental in introducing a variety of innovations into medical education and practice in Australia and overseas with an emphasis on the application of holistic, integrative and mind-body medicine in medical practice. His teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness-based stress management, mind-body medicine, meditation, health promotion, integrative medicine and medical ethics.