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133553 - GP Advanced Mental Health Skills Masterclass

  • : Online

This one-day workshop is intended for GP's who have already completed the GP mental health skills masterclass (Primary pathway) and want to learn more about the specific management of complex psychiatric cases and co-morbidities. 
Topic areas covered: Carer and Consumer Q and A (What is the specific role of the GP); 
1. Detailed prescribing and psychological management of mood disorders, psychotic disorders, trauma-related disorders and substance use disorders.
2. Communication skills for shared decision making, combating resistance and motivational interviewing techniques. 
3. Medico-legal aspects of psychiatry. 
4. The pre-reading material is provided for revision. All content during the course is imparted through interactive case studies and the use of GP mental health treatment plans. Interactive quizzes are designed around material. GP's have the opportunity to send in their own de-identified cases in advance which may be used as the basis for discussion. 

Relevance to General Practice

Over the past decade, there has been increasing recognition of the role of primary care practitioners in reducing the burden of common mental disorders in Australian community. 
Around one-third of people presenting to general practitioners suffer a diagnosable mental disorder. A further one-third suffer significant psychological symptoms that do not meet the criteria for any specific disorder. A comparison of research interview results with GPs' detection of mental disorders reveals that 30-70% of GPs' patients go undetected (Walters et al). 
GP’s feel comfortable treating most mental disorders but experience difficulty treating personality disorders, mental health issues associated with substance abuse and other serious disorders. A study of patients with mental health disorders in general practice by Lloyd noted that 54% of patients still had specific problems after 11 years and that 37% had other illnesses likely associated with chronic mental disorders (Llyod et al) 

Learning outcomes
  • Perform risk assessments and manage risk in a primary care setting with knowledge of referral pathways for acute presentations at an advanced level
  • Apply focused interview questions based on diagnostic criteria for individual psychiatric disorders to maximise diagnostic efficiency in a short span of time.
  • Develop a formulation based on bio-psycho-socio-cultural-lifestyle factors. This formulation will form the basis behind the GP Mental health treatment plan.
  • Prescribe antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilisers with confidence based on evidence-based principles.
  • Match the appropriate psychological technique to the disorder which is linked to improved patient outcomes
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    133553 - GP Advanced Mental Health Skills Masterclass
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    7 hours
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