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181294 - GP Mental Health Skills Masterclass

  • : Online

The aim of the workshop is to enhance GP’s ability to diagnose, treat and manage common presentations of mental disorders across the lifespan. The workshop will impart practical aspects such as the optimum use of referral pathways and community resources in managing mental health patients.

Relevance to General Practice

Around one third of people presenting to general practitioners suffer a diagnosable mental disorder. Of those with a mental disorder, only half receive a diagnosis and of these, only half receive specific drug treatment. 2. A recent Royal College Survey (RANZCP) showed that for two thirds of respondents (65%), their GP had never enquired about their mental health. The ability of GPs to detect, diagnose and treat patients with mental illnesses is considered unsatisfactory in a number of studies. A comparison of research interview results with GPs' detection of mental disorders reveals that 30-70% of GPs' patients go undetected. 3. Currently there is no Mental Health skills training workshop in Australia, that provides a holistic view of mental health in a single workshop enabling GPs to access other Medicare item numbers.

Learning outcomes
  • Outline key steps in assessment and management of risk in primary care.
  • Identify common presentations of mental illness in primary care
  • Refer patients to a specialist mental health provider if required
  • Analyse patient’s presentations using a bio-psychosocial model.
  • Write a mental health care plan.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Aboriginal and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander health
    • Rural health
    • Adult health
    • Men's health
    • Women's health
    • Psychological health
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    Mercure Perth

    181294 - GP Mental Health Skills Masterclass
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    6 hours
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    CPD Points
    40 cpd
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