This paper describes a training program in mood disorders for senior mental health clinicians in the Pacific region and presents the qualitative evaluation findings.
The program, which incorporated a 2-week intensive course in Sydney and follow-up in-country, was undertaken by 13 clinicians from the Ministries of Health in seven Pacific Island countries. Evaluation data were gathered throughout the program. Participating individuals and their respective Ministries also completed an activity completion report.
The evaluation was very positive. Individual and organizational reports documented immediate and expected ongoing benefits and expressed a desire for continuing collaboration.
The program has resulted in a major boost to regional expertise and leadership in mood disorders. Furthermore, it has made an important contribution to the implementation of individual country mental health policies, one which strengthens the regional mental health network and builds new connections with Australian institutions. Success was based on a collaborative approach, high levels of institutional and individual commitment, and careful attention to both content and process issues. Sustainability will be enhanced through ongoing collaborative in-country and regional activities.