Paediatric Mental Health Emergency Training

The Paediatric Mental Health Emergency Training (PMHET) course is designed for medical and non-medical staff working in an emergency setting.

The course consists of a half day face-to-face training and approximately 1.5 hours online. The aim of the training is to equip attendees with skills in assessing and engaging the paediatric mental health patient within an acute setting. It has a highly interactive focus, with participants having the opportunity to practice skills through case scenarios and group work.

Topics include:

  • Paediatric mental health assessment
  • Relationship building with the adolescent
  • De-escalating the aggressive or agitated patient
  • Self-harm and suicide
  • Substance use and psychosis
  • Mental Health Act and consent issues
  • Anxious child in the Emergency Department
  • The distressed infant.

Please email to register your interest.

Module one

Module one is completed as a face-to-face workshop.

The topics covered in module one include:

Paediatric Mental Health Assessment
Undertaking a useful and engaging approach to assess the paediatric patient in mental health crisis.

Self-harm and Suicide
How to assess self-harm and suicide risk with a young person presenting in crisis.

De-escalating the Angry Adolescent
Learning practical ways to verbally de-escalate the adolescent who is becoming agitated and angry.

Anxiety Attacks in the Emergency Department
Learning and practicing how to manage the anxious child who presents to the Emergency Department.

Module two

Module two is completed online following the face-to-face workshop. Topics in this module include:

Substance Use
How to undertake a functional assessment of a young person presenting to the Emergency Department with substance use issues.

How to engage a young person presenting with suspected psychosis to the Emergency Department.

Mental Health Act & Consent Issues
A revision of the Mental Health Act as it applies to young people and related issues that may occur with consent.

The Distressed Infant in the Emergency Department
What to do when an unsettled infant is brought to ED and there is no medical explanation for the distress.

Once you have completed all Module Two topics you will be contacted via email to receive your course completion certificate.

Three months after completing your face-to-face and online material you will be contacted by one of the PMHTU staff to complete a follow up questionnaire. This questionnaire is designed to assess whether or not our training has been useful to you in your day-to-day clinical work.