162045 - Supporting Children's Resilience in General Practice
- : Online
The aim of this course is to equip GPs with the skills to engage in preventative conversations with parents about their children's social and emotional wellbeing. It is based on the understanding that parental, family, or social adversity can have a direct impact on children’s mental health and trains GPs in using the PERCS Conversation Guide as a tool to buffer children from these impacts.
Relevance to General Practice
Mental health is an integral part of overall health for children, just as it is for adults. International studies indicate that 16-18% of children aged 0-5 years suffer from a mental health condition. In Australia, 13% of 4-11 year-olds experienced a diagnosable mental health condition in the past 12 months.
As the gateway to the health system for the great majority of Australians, GPs are in a pivotal role to support children’s social and emotional wellbeing. The most recent Health of a Nation report showed that 88% of Australians visited a GP in the past year with 84% making multiple visits. Other research indicates that children up to age 15 years visit a GP on average 3.8 times per year and that GPs are the health service provider most accessed by children 4-11 years of age who have a mental health disorder. Taken together, these statistics highlight the enormous opportunity that GPs have to intervene early to promote positive mental health outcomes in children.
- Incorporate routine inquiry about children’s social and emotional wellbeing as part of appointments with parents.
- Identify entry points to engage in preventative conversations with parents about their children's social and emotional wellbeing.
- Describe how adult issues can affect children’s social and emotional wellbeing.
- Apply the six principles for engaging parents in conversations about adversity and children’s social and emotional wellbeing.
- Use the PERCS Conversation Guide where there is a need to have conversations about child social and emotional wellbeing.