This webinar examines the kinds of issues that school aged children present with, how these issues can be affected by adverse family or schooling circumstances, and how GPs can open up helpful and supportive conversations with children and parents.
Presenters will examine case studies of GPs responding to school aged children mental health presentations, while providing practical examples of positive engagement with parents.
Relevance to General Practice
The 2015 Young Minds Matter survey showed that 13.6% of Australian children between four and eleven years old met the criteria for at least one mental health disorder. These mental health conditions are linked with a range of problems in adolescence and early adulthood including unemployment, poor education outcomes, poor physical health, drug and alcohol use and suicide. The ability of GPs to assess issues for school aged children is critical.
- Discuss how adverse circumstances at school or family life can affect the mental health of school aged children and how this may manifest in their behaviour.
- Apply curious conversations with parents and children which provide insight into the issues faced by the child and his/her family.
- Recognise the signs of acute mental health difficulties in school aged children and intervene to enhance the chance of effective treatment and mitigate risks.
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
- Children and young people health
- Psychological health