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Dr Tessa Maguire awarded 2022 Chris Abderhalden Award

Congratulations to Dr Tessa Maguire who was recently awarded the 2022 Chris Abderhalden Award for Young Researchers in the Field of Aggression in Healthcare at the 12th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry. Tessa is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Mental Health Nursing at Swinburne University of Technology and conducts research with Forensicare as part of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science (CFBS). Tessa received the award for her project ‘Reducing Inpatient Aggression and Use of Restrictive Interventions’. The Chris Abderhalden [...]

Thomas Embling Hospital Bed Expansion Project – Update October 2022

This week marks the next stage in the landmark expansion of Thomas Embling Hospital, Forensicare’s secure forensic mental health service. On Wednesday, Acting Minister for Mental Health Colin Brooks announced John Holland had been appointed to deliver the $462 million project, which will include a new dedicated 34-bed women’s precinct, a 48-bed medium security men’s facility, a new entry complex, onsite carpark and administration facilities. The project Co-design and Engagement Report was also released this week. This follows a comprehensive co-design [...]

The sacrifice you might not know you’re making

Something that comes up often in the reflective practice space is a preparedness to show up for others. And whilst this is admirable and often humbling to witness, it also often occurs at the expense of attending to our own needs and wellbeing. Today, October 10th is World Mental Health Day, with the theme ‘make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority’. In this edition of The Ascent, we highlight the common tendency in health professionals to ‘self-sacrifice’ [...]

Managing burnout

Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about anxiety, fatigue, and exhaustion, and we’ve been feeling this too. Whilst there could be a whole host of explanations for this, two words come up time and again – burnout and stress. It can be hard to differentiate between the two, and indeed some of us may feel like we’re balancing on a fine line between them.  This edition of The Ascent explores these experiences more deeply in a bid to try [...]

POSITION STATEMENT | Eliminating restrictive interventions in mental health services

Forensicare acknowledges and supports eliminating the use of restrictive practices within Victorian mental health and wellbeing services. We are committed to working towards safely ending these practices at Forensicare and to continue listening to the voices of consumers, their families, supporters and our staff as we undertake this journey. We do not agree with recent commentary that reducing or eliminating restrictive practices will increase risks to the community and health care workers. However, we recognise the elimination of restrictive interventions [...]

Distinguished Professor James Ogloff

After more than 20 years at Forensicare, Distinguished Professor James Ogloff’s role is changing effective 1 August. Jim will continue to work with Forensicare in an advisory capacity but will step down from his role as Executive Director of Psychological Services and Research. As has recently been announced by our partners at Swinburne University of Technology, Jim has been appointed to the role of Dean of Health Sciences. Forensicare work in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology to operate the [...]

10th International Criminal Justice Conference

The 10th International Criminal Justice Conference will take place from Tuesday 22 November to Thursday 24 November at The Edge at Federation Square in Melbourne. Forensicare are proud to partner with Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) and the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University of Technology to present the conference. The 2022 conference theme is ‘Global Uncertainty. Building Safer and Resilient Communities’. As communities agitate for social reform and disruption on social and health issues such as mental [...]

Learn how to identify and manage compassion fatigue

We’ve been through a lot over the past two years. Although we are likely relieved at some of the return to ‘normality’ that we’ve experienced this year, many of us are noticing that there’s still a haze of fatigue hanging over us. Perhaps the level of emotional capacity that we used to have just hasn’t returned. We’ve also heard people comment on their experience of a dulled response to troubling news, such as the floods in QLD/NSW, the war [...]

Approaching 2022 with all that’s come before

Well, it’s been an interesting start to the year! The new year is often a time of excitement and (dare we say!) hope for the year ahead. But unfortunately, 2022 started much the same way (worse?!) than we ended 2021. Many of us, even those who were able to take a break, are feeling worn out, tired, overworked, and trying to figure out what comes next. As we head into 2022, we want to dedicate this first issue of the Ascent [...]