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88085 - Clinical Enhancement Module: Youth mental health

  • : Online


This Clinical Enhancement Module offers GPs the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills in engaging with young people with mental illness and their families. It focuses on the assessment of anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder and psychosis. 
This activity has been accredited by the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC). Completion of a Clinical Enhancement Module is required for GPs undertaking mental health skills training (MHST) accreditation via the modular pathway. When combined with the Mental Health Core module, GPs can become accredited with MHST and claim the additional MBS items; 2715 and 2717. 

On the completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

- engage with young people 
- detect and assess mental health problems in young patients 
- prepare evidence based GP Mental Health Treatment Plans in collaboration with young people (and where applicable, their families) 

Relevance to General Practice

Experiencing a mental health disorder as a young person can have long term implications. Young people with a mental health disorders are more likely to have lower educational outcomes, experience unemployment and also worse physical health. 
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability among young Australians aged between 15-24 years and account for almost 50% of the burden of disease in this age group. 
General practice is often the first point of contact with a health care professional hence it is important that GPs provide a welcoming environment and take the time to engage and build rapport with young people. 
They need to be familiar with the assessment tools validated for young people and have the ability to coordinate care and suitable mental health services.

Learning outcomes
  • describe strategies for engaging a young person with mental illness and overcoming barriers to engagement
  • recognise the symptoms of common mental health disorders including depression, anxiety and borderline personality disorder in young people
  • undertake mental health assessments using the appropriate psychometric instruments validated for young people
  • develop evidence based GP mental health treatment plans (MHTPs) in collaboration with young patients
  • outline a system for ensuring that young people with mental illness are regularly reassessed and the effectiveness of their MHTP is re-evaluated
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    88085 - Clinical Enhancement Module: Youth mental health
    5 hours
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