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Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
1 hr

This education module covers the following topics:
- Assessing and diagnosing the different types of anxiety
- Assessing and managing risk in the anxious patient
- Pharmacological management of anxiety
- Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of insomnia

Relevance to General Practice

Anxiety is a common condition. Based on data from the 2015-2016 BEACH survey, anxiety was the second most frequently managed mental health problem in Australian general practice after depression, accounting for approximately 1.4% of all managed problems.1

Despite increased levels of awareness, both in the community and healthcare sector, anxiety still remains under detected and under treated. There is an urgent need to better equip general practitioners to recognise and treat anxiety in primary care.

1. Britt H, Miller GC, Henderson J, Bayram C, Harrison C, Valenti L, Pan Y, Charles J, Pollack AJ, Wong C, Gordon J. General practice activity in Australia 2015–16. General Practice series no. 40. Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2016. Available at url.library.usyd.edu.au/sup/9781743325131

Learning outcomes
  • Diagnose the different types of anxiety
  • Apply a framework for assessing suicide risk in a patient with a mental health presentation
  • Formulate a mental health treatment plan for a patient presenting with a mental health condition
  • Prescribe and monitor pharmacological treatment tailored to the individual patient with anxiety disorders
  • To manage insomnia with non-pharmacological and pharmacological strategies
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • The conduct of the consultation is appropriate to the needs of the patient and the sociocultural context

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Adherence to relevant codes and standards of ethical and professional behaviour

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    • Shared decision making and informed consent are explained and obtained

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    1 hr
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    CPD Points
    2 cpd
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