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Thinker returns to discuss e-mental health services

Professor Jane Burns has commenced today the second phase of her Thinker in Residence program that aims to inspire innovations in mental health service delivery.

The theme of the Commissioner’s fourth Thinker in Residence program is ‘strengthening children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing through technology and social media’.

The first phase of the Residency was held in October last year with Professor Burns presenting her research and discussing with service providers the benefits of incorporating technology into traditional forms of mental health service delivery.

The Commissioner Colin Pettit said the focus of this week was for service providers to work with Professor Burns in more detail to investigate how research could be applied here in WA.

“The aim of this Residency is to identify initiatives that would improve services for children and young people, and we are working with groups of young people in Perth and Geraldton to hear their views on what they need,” the Commissioner said.

Professor Burns will be running workshops in both Perth and Geraldton this week, before finalising her Residency report in April.