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158317 - Depression

  • : Online

This online education module covers the following topics: 
Assessing and diagnosing depression 
Assessing and managing risk in the depressed patient 
The development of mental health treatment plan 
Pharmacological management of depression

Relevance to General Practice

Depression is a common condition. In Australia,15.0% of Australians aged 16 to 85 have experienced an affective disorder1. This is equivalent to 2.83 million people today1. Based on data from the 2015-2016 BEACH survey, depression was the most frequently managed mental health problem in Australian general practice, accounting for approximately 2.7% of all managed problems2. 
Despite increased levels of awareness, both in the community and healthcare sector, depression still remains underdetected and undertreated. There is an urgent need to better equip general practitioners to recognise and treat depression in primary care. 
1.Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2015).National Health Survey First Results – Australia 2014-15.Canberra: ABS. 
2.Britt H,Miller GC,Henderson J,Bayram C,Harrison C,Valenti L,Pan Y,Charles J,Pollack AJ,Wong C,Gordon J.General practice activity in Australia 2015–16.General Practice series no.40.Sydney:Sydney University Press,20

Learning outcomes
  • Diagnose clinically significant depression
  • Apply a framework for assessing suicide risk in a patient with a mental health presentation
  • Formulate a mental health treatment plan for a patient presenting with a mental health condition
  • Prescribe and monitor pharmacological treatment tailored to the individual patient
  • Provide high quality mental health care using the resources available
  • Delivery
    158317 - Depression
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    3 hours
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    3 hours
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