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Activity description

143719 - Borderline personality disorder: diagnosis and management in general practice


This activity has been developed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) with expert input obtained through Australian BPD Foundation Limited, Orygen, Spectrum and Project Air. Its focus is to assist GPs in identifying the risk factors for, and clinical features of, BPD; discussing effective management options including appropriate prescribing and involvement of families/carers; and describing strategies to manage the doctor-patient relationship, including crisis management.

Tempo activities are designed as quick activities (when both the Overview and Interactive activity are completed) but recognise the additional effort GPs undertake when utilising the supplemental resources provided. Hence, this activity has been approved by the RACGP Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) Program for 2 Category 2 point in the 2017-2019 triennium.

Relevance to General Practice

BPD is often under-recognised due to presentation with other psychiatric comorbidities. If left undiagnosed and untreated, BPD is associated with significant morbidity and mortality:
• mortality rate (8-10%)
• comorbidity rate (94%) including substance use, PTSD, depression, eating disorders and metabolic syndrome and
• substantial impacts on quality of life (disability weight 0.54 equivalent to autism 0.55 and HIV-AIDS 0.57).

With a limited number of publicly funded therapeutic services delivering care to adolescents and adults in Australia with BPD, it is estimated that less than 10% of affected individuals are able to access services to reduce their risk of suicide, self-harm, significant social dysfunction and other comorbidities outlined above.

GPs are well placed to identify individuals with BPD and to provide education, management, and access to appropriate care as needed. Structured psychological interventions have been demonstrated to improve outcomes for BPD.

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify the risk factors for and clinical features of BPD
  2. Outline effective management options, including appropriate prescribing and involvement of families/carers for individuals with BPD
  3. Describe strategies to manage the doctor-patient relationship, including crisis management

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
  • Comprehensive and holistic management plans are developed collaboratively

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • Current and emerging public health risks are effectively managed

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Patient–doctor boundaries are identified and maintained

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Psychological health

Partnering organisations

Australian BPD Foundation Limited, Orygen, Spectrum and Project Air

Session summary


Monday 1 Oct 2018 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

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