Joint Addiction and Mental Health ECHO

Joint Addiction and Mental Health is a Goulburn Valley Health Initiative led by Goulburn Valley Alcohol and Drug Service (GVADS) and Goulburn Valley Area Mental Health (GVAMH)

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If you would like to attend JAMHECHO Sessions please send an email to the GVH- ECHO coordinator (JAMHECHO@GVHealth.org.au) to receive an invitation to the meeting via Zoom VC technology. If you would like to do a case presentation click here  or a brief lecture/ didactic please contact JAMHECHO@GVHealth.org.au to express your interest. We will be in touch with you to discuss the next steps.

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is designed to improve capacity and access to specialty care for rural and underserved populations by linking expert inter-disciplinary teams with primary care clinicians. The following link provides a summary of the program.

If you are new to Project ECHO® and the ECHO model ™ please watch this 5 minute video which provides a good overview about Project ECHO click here https://echo.unm.edu/about-echo/model/

  • Joint Addiction and Mental Health – JAMH Session at JAMHECHO@GVHealth is 1 hour, and takes place virtually using a platform called Zoom click here to download instructions
  • Each session is comprised of two parts:
    • A brief lecture or didactic (generally 10 minutes), followed by a short Q&A (5 minutes).
    • A case presentation by one of the participants on the virtual network. The case presentations are the basis of case-based learning through discussion and recommendations from the network and expert team.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points are available for some of the sessions and are noted on the curriculum. To request a copy of your attendance transcript please send a request to JAMHECHO@GVHealth.org.au. If you are a GP you will need to complete the evaluation that is distributed after each session.

The model uses a combination of education and case-based discussion to provide mentoring, guidance, feedback and didactic education.  This enables primary care clinicians to develop the skills and knowledge to treat patients with common, complex conditions in their own communities. The ECHO model™ is not “telemedicine” where the specialist assumes the care of the patient, but instead a guided practice model where the primary care clinician retains responsibility for managing the patient but can get input from peers as well as specialists. The ECHO model was developed to train and support primary care clinicians from underserved areas to develop knowledge and self-efficacy to deliver best practice care for complex health conditions.

Participants will have access to experts in the field including Assoc. Professor Ravi Bhat and Professor Ed Ogden, as well as an interdisciplinary panel from local mental health and drug and alcohol services.  A brief education session will be provided then participants are able to present cases and receive direct feedback from colleagues and the panel.

Please share this information to the primary care providers in your network, GPs, Specialists, allied health, psychology, nursing, pharmacists – all welcome.