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ACSA Supervision Webinar & Special General Meeting

October 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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A members-only national event to hear about some exciting recent supervision projects, and to vote on a very important move for ACSA.


About this Event

Join ACSA for this national online event to hear about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected how we participate in supervision, and an exciting supervision pilot program at an Australian public health service.

Members will also be asked to vote on the final stages of transferring ACSA’s incorporation from Queensland to Western Australia. This has been foreshadowed and approved previously by our membership, and just requires one final vote. This part of the event will take approximately 5 minutes.

You must be an ACSA member to attend this event. By registering for a free ticket, you confirm that you are a current financial member of the Australian Clinical Supervision Association. To join ACSA prior to registering for this webinar, please go to, then return here to register for your free ticket. Only verified ACSA members as at 5pm on Monday October 12 will be provided with the link to attend the event.

All verified ticket holders will be sent a link to this online event prior to the day. Please ensure you have entered your email address correctly so you receive the email containing the link. The webinar will be held via Webex; you can access it using a web browser, or you may choose to download the free Webex app prior to the event. See to download; Webex account not required.


Topic 1 – Reflections on Clinical Supervision During COVID-19

Julie Sharrock, Clinical Supervisor & ACSA LMM Coordinator

In Victoria, our second ACSA local members meeting for 2020 was held in April. This meeting provided a forum to discuss and share ideas about clinical supervision and the support of the health care workforce at the start of the COVID pandemic. We met monthly over the following few months. Our discussions revolved around the following themes:

– the experiences of health care workers;

– interventions to assist health care workers; and

– support systems for supervisors.

We shared our experiences and resources, consulted the literature, and continued to provide supervisory support to our supervisees.

In this presentation I will share my reflections and what I have learned providing ongoing clinical supervision to clients from home during this time.


Topic 2 – A 12 month Pilot – Implementation of the Clinical Supervision Framework and Standards: a Partnership Approach

Stuart Wall, Clinical Supervision Project Manager, Peninsula Health

Janine Davies, Director of Nursing, Mental Health, Peninsula Health

In 2018 the Office of Chief Mental Health Nurse (OCMHN) in partnership with a group of experienced Mental Health Nurses and nurse academics developed a framework for clinical supervision for mental health nurses.1 The framework outlines the Department of Health and Human Services commitment to support Mental Health Nurses to provide safe and effective care through high quality supervision, guided by the standards for clinical supervision.

As the pilot site, Peninsula Health Mental Health Service will be aiming to create a model of best practice for embedding the standards for clinical supervision at an organisational and individual level. This work will be completed in partnership with Victorian Chief Mental Health Nurse and Office, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, Centre of Mental Health Learning, and Centre for Psychiatric Nursing. The aim will be to raise awareness and understanding of clinical supervision and the framework, provide education and training, create of a state-wide data base for the collection of clinical supervision data, and embed clinical supervision standards within the service.

The program will be evaluated in conjunction with the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing focusing on clinical supervisor and supervisee knowledge skill and training, and organisation level implementation of clinical supervision. The findings and recommendations from the 12 month pilot program will inform future Victorian service implementation and the wider mental health nursing profession.

This 20 minute presentation will explore the opportunities, challenges, enablers, successes and learnings from the first six months of the pilot, recommendations from these learnings, and plans for the remaining six months.

1 Office of the Chief Mental Health Nurse. Clinical supervision for mental health nurses: A framework for Victoria. Melbourne: Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria, Australia; 2018.