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Activity description

183518 - Accessible focussed psychological strategies skills training


The FPS ST package provides rural GPs with a flexible, accessible opportunity to develop skills in the provision of evidence based FPS derived from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as part of a treatment plan for common mental health problems. Its content is relevant to GPs in every setting. The program consists of four Modules: 1 Antidepressant prescribing in general practice clinical audit; 2. Cognitive behavioural therapy skills for general practice; 3. Focused Psychological Strategies Skills Training - Case Consultation; and 4. Mental Health Consumer and Carer Perspectives. Completion of the FPS ST package prior to 31 December 2022, enables GPs to apply for FPS provider status with Medicare.

Relevance to General Practice

Research undertaken by RACGP Rural revealed a strong need for advanced mental health skills in rural communities. Extensive analysis of findings indicated that, despite high demand, mental health training was not meeting the upskilling needs of GPs working in rural and remote communities, mainly because they necessitated the GP leaving their community to train. This Accessible Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training package provides an accessible pathway approach, achieved through modular learning, that enables more rural GPs to acquire these skills whilst remaining in their community.

Learning outcomes

  1. Discuss the range of evidence-based FPS and the rationale for their use in different clinical circumstances
  2. Practice communication skills specific to working with patients with mental illness and reflect on own practice
  3. Identify own patients with diagnosed anxiety and depression and review own practice against established standards of practice
  4. Identify ways in which GPs can respond to the needs of consumers and carers

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Rural health
  • Adult health
  • Psychological health

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Specific requirements
Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training

Session summary


Monday 27 Jul 2020 12:00am - Friday 30 Oct 2020 12:00am








Only available to members

Target Audience


For more information contact...

Chantelle Vonarx
T: 07 3456 8967