Stronger Smarter Yarns (Pharmacy)

Marion Wands (M.Ed) · 10 August 2021

Stronger Smarter Yarns for life (Pharmacy) provides people with the skills to be READY, WILLING and ABLE to connect with First Nations Peoples and have meaningful conversations with others who are becoming vulnerable or starting to withdraw. This program can be undertaken by anyone. You need no formal qualifications to complete this program. What you do need is compassion and humanity and a willingness to support others who are doing it tough!

The videos, resources and activities support participants to understand why people become vulnerable, what to say and do to ensure conversations are two way and non judgemental and how to develop an action plan that supports the person to “move to a better place”, to avoid a crisis. This evidence informed Australian program is succinct, practical and interactive and useful for everyone.

This program was first delivered as a face to face program that was jointly created by First Nations People, in particular Dr Chris Sarra (2016 NAIDOC Person of the Year), leading mental health, suicide prevention and education experts. Collectively these individuals have shifted the dial from late stage suicide crisis intervention to very early suicide prevention.

Initial funding to create this eLearning program was provided by the NSW Government and subsequently awarded to the Australian Pharmacy Guild – NSW Branch in 2020. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia (NSW Branch) engaged ConNetica Consulting Pty Ltd, a bespoke mental health and suicide prevention enterprise to develop this online program. 

ConNetica in partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast, Engage Research Lab, under the stewardship of Professor Christian Jones developed this online program. Both organisations contributed significant additional resources and continue to refine and update program content and presentation to improve the learning experience. The Engage Research Lab is an internationally awarded creator of well being and mental health digital solutions.

Subsequent funding has been provided by the Brisbane South Primary Health Network to the Australian Pharmacy Guild – Qld Branch to undertake ConNetica’s blended eLearning programs.

The program provides participants with:

  • An understanding of the impact of colonization on First Nations Peoples wellbeing and mental health 
  • the skills and confidence to provide a strengths-based approach support 
  • the knowledge to identify signs & risks associated with experiences of vulnerability and suicide 
  • The knowledge of protective health and wellbeing behaviours 
  • An awareness  the prevalence of suicide in Australia generally & for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Tailored yarn planner tools to plan & have yarns
  • List of suitable referral/support options/resources.

WARNING: First Nations Peoples viewers are warned that the online program does contain images of a deceased person.

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About Instructor

Marion Wands (M.Ed)

Marion has a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education (Human Resource Studies). She creates and delivers engaging and practical learning programs, webinars and presentations.

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Course Includes

  • 12 Lessons
  • 32 Topics
  • 9 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate