192517 - Mental Health Update for General Practice
The aim of this conference is to increase practitioner knowledge and understanding of the many factors that contribute mental health issues Australian population. The conference sessions will provide background information on various conditions and then look at the ways GPs in Australia tackle the issues. The latest research will be discussed and as part of the conference, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the role of GPs in managing bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, drug induced psychosis/schizophrenia, PTSD, depression and body image disorders. A range of practical information, support and resources will be provided to aid the GPs in better dealing with mental health issues in the General Practice.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. For most Australians, general practice is their first port of call when accessing Australia’s healthcare system. Their GP is usually the first person they consult about their mental healthcare.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 4.3 million people received mental health-related prescriptions in 2018-2019 with more than $9.9 billion spent on mental health in the same period.
The 2015 Australian Burden of Disease Study looked at the fatal (years of life lost) and non-fatal (years of life lived with a disability) impact of different diseases, conditions and injuries on Australians. In 2015, Mental and substance use disorders were responsible for an estimated 12% of the total disease burden in Australia, making it the fourth highest group of diseases.
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 dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Adult health
- Men's health
- Sex, sexuality, gender diversity and health
- Women's health
- Addiction medicine
- Psychological health