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Activity description

167453 - Better outcomes for schizophrenia: a patient-centred approach

Mental Health Professionals Network Ltd

Join our interdisciplinary panel of experts to explore more patient-centered treatment options for those living with schizophrenia

Relevance to General Practice

The next webinar will explore schizophrenia. Around 30,000 adult Australians are affected by this mental health disorder . It ranks in the top 10 of the global burden of disease and disability worldwide. It can have negative effects on people’s ability to enjoy life, work and relationships and often weighs heavily on family and carers5. Diagnosis of schizophrenia is something that often occurs over time. For at least 30-40% of people living with schizophrenia in Australia their ongoing management is provided by their GP . Most patients with schizophrenia will have comorbid conditions that are managed by the GP7. The GP is in the perfect position to build a relationship with people experiencing symptoms and discomfort and to develop collaborations with other health professions to help the client. Treatment is a long term process so it is important for GPs to understand best practice and manage the whole patient as well as the mental illness.

Learning outcomes

  1. Describe the common symptoms and causes associated with schizophrenia
  2. Identify challenges, merits and opportunities in evidence-based approaches deemed most effective in treating and supporting people experiencing schizophrenia
  3. Facilitate clinical and personal recovery in a primary care setting for people who may experience psychosis or be diagnosed with schizophrenia

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patient confidentiality is managed appropriately

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Adult health
  • Psychological health
Specific requirements
Mental Health Cpd

Session summary


Thursday 7 November 2019
7:15pm - 8:30pm







By invitation only

Target Audience

GPs and practice team

For more information contact...

Isobel Hutchinson
T: 0421499005