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155685 - simGP Mental Health - Rebecca Davies

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Diagnosis and Management of Major Depression in Primary Care

Relevance to General Practice

The mental health of the Australian population is an important topic that needs to be addressed as it plays a major role in overall health. In Australian general practice, mental health covers the assessment, management and ongoing care of the full range of mental health disorders seen in the community. Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a type of mood disorder which is characterised by dysfunction in the brain and mind leading to visible behavioural changes, clinical signs and symptoms. Doctors need to be sufficiently educated on identifying patients with mental health concerns and know what the appropriate treatment and management pathways are. GP’s play a major role in diagnosing and providing ongoing care to patients with mental health issues as patients speak with their GPs about psychological issues more than any other condition.

Learning outcomes
  • Understand the differential diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD) in primary care
  • Use a diagnostic algorithm to diagnose depression and rule out other mood or psychiatric disorders to improve patient safety
  • Understand the available treatment options for major depressive disorder to ensure optimal patient outcomes via shared decision making
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    155685 - simGP Mental Health - Rebecca Davies
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