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Activity description

143599 - Anxiety: rethinking the options Small group meeting

National Prescribing Service Ltd

This small group meeting with a trained facilitator provides GPs the opportunity to reinforce and improve the management of anxiety in primary care. The interactive, tailored discussion will provide GPs with clarity around diagnosis and assessment of anxiety as well as information on evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavioural therapy. The activity addresses several quality use of medicine issues when pharmacological treatment is needed. Data from the NPS MedicineInsight program will be provided to help GPs and practice staff draw insights from current practice.

Relevance to General Practice

Anxiety is the most common mental health problem in Australia, affecting around 14% of the population aged 16-85 years. It is also one of the chronic problems most frequently managed by GPs.

Over the last decade, there have been significant increases in patient presentations of anxiety, however international evidence suggests that many people with anxiety disorders still remain undiagnosed, as individuals are likely to delay seeking help for many years. GPs play an important role in distinguishing the presence of anxiety disorder(s) in those with anxiety symptoms.

This program will focus on assessing anxiety symptoms to assist in appropriate management and referral. It will provide information on evidence-based psychological management options recommended as first-line treatment for people with mild to moderate anxiety. Clarification around pharmacological treatment for the management of patients with moderate to severe anxiety is provided.

Learning outcomes

  1. Differentiate between anxiety symptoms and anxiety disorder, by assessing severity, persistence, contributing factors and impact on the patient.
  2. Use evidence-based psychological treatments as first line for patients with mild or moderate anxiety.
  3. Recognise SSRI antidepressant monotherapy as first line for patients with anxiety requiring pharmacological treatment.
  4. Review the use of polypharmacy for anxiety, recognising the specific but limited role of antipsychotics and benzodiazepines.
  5. Discuss systems in your practice and prioritise areas for improvement in the management of patients with anxiety.

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

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • The impacts of the social determinants of health are identified and addressed

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Quality and safety is enhanced through the effective use of information systems

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Rural health
  • Adult health
Specific requirements
Mental Health Cpd

Session summary


Saturday 1 Dec 2018 12:00am - Tuesday 31 Dec 2019 12:00am

This activity is readily available at any time


GPs in different locations throughout Australia book a visit in their practices


Face to face




All attendees welcome

Target Audience

GPs and practice team

For more information contact...

Customer Service
T: 02 8217 8700