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Activity description

154568 - Collaborating to recognise and address the mental health impacts of loneliness

Mental Health Professionals Network Ltd

This webinar will consist of an interdisciplinary panel discussion exploring loneliness and how to collaborate in order to recognise and address its mental health impacts.

Relevance to General Practice

This webinar is on loneliness, a feeling of social isolation that often causes distress when social relations are not the way someone would like. Research has found that loneliness is more about the quality of the relationships and being understood by others 4. A 2018 survey found that one in four Australian’s are lonely, 55% sometimes feel they lack companionship, and single, separated or divorced people are often lonely compared to those in relationships. Lonely Australians have worse physical and mental health . Lim et. al suggest that where people are lonely they are likely to have emerging mental health symptoms and identifying and treating co-occurring social anxiety symptoms can reduce severity of loneliness4. In addition they suggest that less frequent social interaction, and negative emotions and depression symptoms can make loneliness difficult to overcome5. It is important for GPs to have an understanding of the UCLA Loneliness Scale to assess loneliness severity and to

Learning outcomes

  1. • Describe the factors associated with loneliness
  2. • Distinguish between loneliness and depression by using appropriate language when assessing clients for loneliness
  3. • Identify physical barriers that may inhibit social interaction
  4. • Implement a referral pathway to support people experiencing loneliness

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • The conduct of the consultation is appropriate to the needs of the patient and the sociocultural context

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Duty of care is maintained

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Patient confidentiality is managed appropriately

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Adult health
  • Men's health
  • Women's health
  • Psychological health

Session summary


Wednesday 3 April 2019
6:15pm - 7:30pm







By invitation only

Target Audience

GPs and practice team

For more information contact...

Isobel hutchinson
T: 0386626607