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    Dear all expecting mums and dads,

    I am looking for a mum/dad/family in Canberra who would be so kind to allow me to meet with them once weekly for an hour for the first year of their new baby's life.

    I am an Advanced Trainee in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (i.e. a doctor specialising in Psychiatry, and sub-specialising in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - CAP), working full time at ACT Health.
    As part of my CAP training I am required to observe "normal" child development for a baby's entire first year. This is meant to be purely observation, and as un-intrusive as possible. It is not meant to be in an active, medical advisory or other, role, but confidentiality will, of course, be ensured.
    I will be supervised by CAP Psychiatrists in Melbourne, where I would discuss my observations (de-identified, of course) in a work group with other trainees.

    So, if you are living in Canberra and expecting a baby in January, February, or March, and would consider accepting my meeting you weekly (or know of somebody who might), I'd very much appreciate getting in touch to provide you with more information!

    Thanks very much in advance,

    Dr Matthias Regner
    MBBS, PhD
    Matthias.Regner@act.gov.au
    Last edited by matthias; 15-11-2018 at 21:25.

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    It might help if you put some information up about the ethics approval for this project and the details of your supervisor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    It might help if you put some information up about the ethics approval for this project and the details of your supervisor.
    Hi,
    Thanks for the suggestions.

    There is no ethics approval; it is not a research project that would be governed by institutional Human Research Ethics Committee as per NHMRC.
    Although there are no harmful effects from observation anticipated, I have medical indemnity insurance both through my employer and as an individual medical practitioner, as a matter of course.
    The CAP course is the accredited course for Victoria of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (there is no ACT course due to there being only one CAP Advanced Registrar at any time)

    I'll amend my post to make sure that additional info can be obtained.
    If somebody would be interested, I will certainly provide the name and contacts of my supervisor (and further information), but I'm reluctant to put all their details out on a public notice board.

    I also probably should have put "Canberra" in the title... but I haven't figured out how to do that.

    Here's the form that goes with it...

    Dear
    I am writing to thank you for your participation in the training of ............................... for the Victorian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Course, by allowing ......... to observe your infant.
    It is essential that ............................... has the opportunity to extend ......... understanding of children’s development. Thank you for your generosity in agreeing to this observation.
    As ................. has explained ......... will be observing your infant on a weekly basis at a time and place convenient to you over a minimum period of 12 months.
    To enhance ................. understanding of children’s development, ................. will discuss ......... observations in supervision on a regular basis. You can be assured that all confidentiality will be maintained, and the information from the observations will not be shared outside of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry supervision sessions.
    You will of course be free to withdraw from this observation at any time for any reason.
    I have attached a section for you to sign to say that you have read this letter and agree for the observation to take place. Could you please return this to me in the enclosed stamped addressed envelope.
    If you have any questions about the observation please do not hesitate to speak with .................. or myself.




    Last edited by matthias; 15-11-2018 at 21:35.

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    Sounds like a huge commitment. Do you not observe children in your workplace?

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    Hi Mum I Am,
    Yes, I do. All day, everyday...
    But I only see children struggling with mental illness; by definition, so to say.
    (Also, the public child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) rarely sees kids younger than school age, and certainly no infants - unless perinatally caring for their mother).
    The idea of this part of training is to observe "normal" infant development, attachment and bonding. I'm a dad myself, but you can imagine that this doesn't provide me with an objective idea of normal infant development at all... ;-). hence the requirement even for already-dads.
    I can't provide any references of parents who've done it, but the psychiatrists who run the program say that participating parents have usually felt great about the experience, having felt to actually benefit, and discontinuation/dissatisfaction seems to never have been a real problem. But not having done it myself, that's really all I can say.
    If somebody would consider, I'm happy to point them to my supervisor for more info to help them decide.
    Matthias
    Last edited by matthias; 15-11-2018 at 21:57.

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    Wish I was in Canberra, sorry I can’t help.

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    Have you tried the Canberra Mums Facebook page? Good luck.

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    Hi, thanks for the tips. Have tried FB, but couldn't post there. Pursuing other options, thanks.


 

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