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DiSS Interactive Virtual Workshop: Clinical Communication Skills (Term 2)

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Event description

For clinicians new to DiSS, or who haven't yet completed the interactive virtual workshops since starting in clinic.

This session will cover:

  • Establishing trust, rapport and safety for the young person
  • Demonstrating a diversity-inclusive and patient-centred approach
  • Explaining confidentiality and privacy of information whilst balancing a judgement of mature minor status  
  • Describe a best practice consultation framework and youth-friendly care
  • Demonstrate risk screening and strengths-based approaches in practice
  • Development of a management plan that balances the rights of the child with risk, red flags, safety issues and supports


  • Dr Simone Craig (she/her), is a lecturer for the Doctors in Secondary Schools Program and a GP in current clinical practice. She is a clinician experienced in adolescent and youth health for over a decade, in both NSW and Victoria. She has had research interests in adolescents transitioning from paediatric to adult care,  adolescents presenting with alcohol and other drug use, and GPs working with vulnerable families. She works as a GP at The Pavilion School in Preston, with headspace Collingwood, and in private practice in NARRM (Melbourne). She joins the team as a facilitator and lecturer for the clinical component of DiSS.
  • Dr Bianca Forrester, has lived and worked in the Geelong community for 15 years. She is a senior lecturer in Primary Care at the University of Melbourne and a lecturer at Deakin’s School of Medicine. In addition to her clinical work, she runs several communities of practice on issues including COVID care, family violence and youth mental health.

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