83955 - Black Dog Institute e-Mental Health in General Practice ALM: eMHPrac Accredited Online Learning Modules
- : Online
This is an eLearning ALM that is comprised of 6 x 1 hour eLearning modules. The modules are aimed at educating GPs on the range of e-mental health programs available to treat patients with mild to moderate anxiety and depression. The modules provide evidence on the effectiveness of e-Mental Health Programs.
Relevance to General Practice
An estimated 12.3% of GP encounters were mental health related in 2012-13.
Some of the barriers to care include lack of local resources, reticence to talk to someone - particularly in a rural or regional area in which therapist and patient may already have a social connection, lack of understanding of what is available and shame about the stigma of mental health.
E-mental health includes online resources and programs and offers an extra modality of therapy. It is an option for overcoming some of the gaps in therapy, such as distance, lack of local resources or reticence to engage face-to-face. It includes information, interactive computer based therapy, and blended programs with online information and telephone or online interactions with a therapist.
E-mental health has a large evidence base, with large trials showing that e-mental health can be as effective as face-to-face therapy for appropriate patients, and can work as an excellent adjunct to face-to-face therapy.
- Utilise and refer patients to the e-mental health (eMH) resources and programs
- Be able to explain to patients the evidence supporting the use of eMH
- Recognise appropriate patients for eMH referral
- Develop strategies / processes for implementing eMH in practice and providing follow up to these patients.