Your browser has 'Cookies' disabled, alert boxes will continue to appear without this feature.
Activity description

89151 - ABCDs of Acute Behavioural Emergencies – Interactive online module

Learn EM Pty Ltd

Interactive online modules that considers the approach to the assessment of the patient with behavioural disturbance. The course will explore the immediate priorities in assessment and management that focus on reducing risk (to the patient and others) and screening for immediately treatable medical causes such as head injury, hypoglycaemia, infection and drug intoxication or withdrawal. It will also consider the steps in managing the severely agitated patient and options for pharmacological sedation.

Relevance to General Practice

Behavioural emergencies are complex and misleading. The cause of the acute behavioural change may be as simple as “a bottle of vodka” or as sinister as meningitis. The differential diagnosis is incredibly broad therefore these patients require a careful assessment of both their physical and mental health. This course is highly relevant to rural general practice in teaching a structured approach to assessment, management and safe disposition of the agitated patient.

Learning outcomes

  1. Outline the immediate priorities in the assessment of the patient presenting with disturbed behaviour
  2. Describe the indications and procedure for physical restraint of a patient
  3. Describe crucial elements of the history and physical examination that can help differentiate medical from psychiatric causes of altered mental state.
  4. Determine the need for laboratory testing in patients with altered mental state
  5. Explain the Red Flags for the patient at high risk for Self Harm and criteria for immediate referral to specialist services.

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Effective communication is used in challenging situations

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • A significantly ill patient is identified and managed appropriately

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

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Rural health
  • Abuse and violence
  • Addiction medicine
  • Psychological health

Session summary


Sunday 1 Jan 2017 12:00am - Tuesday 31 Dec 2019 12:00am

This activity is readily available at any time







All attendees welcome

Target Audience

GPs and practice team

For more information contact...

Nikki Crichton
T: 08 7226 8225