85017 - Mental health care in general practice: Core module of the mental health skills training pathway
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This activity Mental health care in general practice: Core module of the mental health skills training pathway is designed to provide primary care physicians (GPs, GPRs) with the core skills required to deliver mental health care in general practice. It highlights the fundamentals of mental health care in Australia, including an overview of the Better Access Initiative. It provides GPs with core knowledge on common mental health conditions (depression, anxiety, psychosis and their comorbidities) and essential skills in the assessment and management of people with mental illness.
This 3.5 hour activity is part of the prerequisite core module for GPs seeking Mental Health Skills Training (MHST) accreditation via the modular pathway.
In 2007, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found almost one in five Australians had experienced symptoms of a mental illness during the previous 12 months. Anxiety disorders were most common followed by affective and substance abuse disorders. Of those with a mental health disorder, 38% had more than one mental health condition.
In 2012 around 12% of GP encounters were mental health related. With increasing numbers of people seeking help and the high rate of comorbidity GPs require the knowledge and skills to detect and manage common mental health disorders. An ability to complete mental health assessments and develop high quality General Practice Mental Health Treatment Plans is essential along with the ability to coordinate specialised care.
The Australian Department of Health recommends that GPs providing mental health care complete appropriate training. As a reflection of their enhanced knowledge and skills, GPs who do so are able to access higher schedule fee MBS items.