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183289 - GP Advanced Mental Health Skills Masterclass

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Start Date
Face to face
7 hours

The aim of the activity is to enhance the GP's ability to diagnose, treat and manage psychiatric disorders at an advanced level including being confident with managing complex cases. This one-day workshop is intended for GP's who have already completed the GP mental health skills masterclass (Primary pathway) and want to learn more about the specific management of complex psychiatric cases and co-morbidities.

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. Around one-third of people presenting to general practitioners suffer a diagnosable mental disorder. A further one-third suffer significant psychological symptoms that do not meet the criteria for any specific disorder. A comparison of research interview results with GPs' detection of mental disorders reveals that 30-70% of GPs' patients go undetected (Walters et al). GP’s feel comfortable treating most mental disorders but experience difficulty treating personality disorders, mental health issues associated with substance abuse and other serious disorders. A study of patients with mental health disorders in general practice by Lloyd noted that 54% of patients still had specific problems after 11 years and that 37% had other illnesses likely associated with chronic mental disorders (Llyod et al)

Learning outcomes

  • Perform risk assessments and manage risk in a primary care setting with knowledge of referral pathways for acute presentations at an advanced level
  • Apply focused interview questions based on diagnostic criteria for individual psychiatric disorders to maximise diagnostic efficiency in a short span of time.
  • Develop a formulation based on bio-psycho-socio-cultural-lifestyle factors. This formulation will form the basis behind the GP Mental health treatment plan.
  • Prescribe antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilisers with confidence based on evidence-based principles.
  • Use the appropriate psychological technique for the disorder to improve patient outcomes
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication with family, carers and others involved in the care of the patient is appropriate and clear

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Patient–doctor boundaries are identified and maintained

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    • Shared decision making and informed consent are explained and obtained

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Aboriginal and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander health
    • Rural health
    • Adult health
    • Care of older people
    • Children and young people health
    • Men's health
    • Women's health
    • Addiction medicine
    • Pain management
    • Psychological health
    • Integrative medicine
    Activity sponsor

    Servier and Lundbeck

    This activity is also available on these dates



183289 - GP Advanced Mental Health Skills Masterclass
Provider Type
Education Provider
7 hours
Start Date
CPD Points
40 cpd
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