WRAD will host a training opportunity on August 7-8 which will improve the skills and confidence of anyone working with vulnerable clients. Psychiatrist Dr Basil Buntting will present the training which will help practitioners to easily and quickly assess and manage psychiatric conditions and develop `how to’ skills for busy practice.

Dr Buntting is a consultant psychiatrist who has worked as Assistant Professor and teaching fellow at Bond University in the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine. He has also taught medical students from others schools of and developed “Nuts and Bolts of Psychiatry” Workshops and online training. He has written the textbooks “Psychiatry in easy steps” and “Nuts and Bolts of Psychiatry. He has taught mental health workers including general medical practitioners, mental health nurses and allied mental health workers such as psychologists, counsellors, social workers, occupational therapists, workers in drug and alcohol services, workers in disability services, and other mental health related services in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. He earned his medical degree from the University of Natal, South Africa, before embarking on a solo general medical practice in Nigel near Johannesburg. After six years as a GP, he specialised in psychiatry and gained a Master of Medicine degree (Psychiatry) at the Natal University. Through the same university he gained the research degree, Doctor of Medicine.

The workshop aims to improve skills in the assessment of mental illness, including categories of psychosis, mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders and somatoform conditions. Role playing and didactic teaching methods will be utilised to better recognise both the verbal and non-verbal signs and symptoms.

It will also give participants the opportunity to interact and collaborate more effectively.

Numbers are limited and places need to be secured by July 11 by calling 1300 009723. The two-day workshop at the South West TAFE third floor conference room costs $200.