This webinar will consist of an interdisciplinary panel discussion to explore tips and strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration in the mental health care landscape, with a particular focus on exploring the reasons that veterans are more likely to have complex comorbid mental health issues than civilians and identification of effective evidence-based treatment and support.
Relevance to General Practice
Research and clinical experience indicates that military personnel will be changed as a result of exposure to high-risk environments; a significant number will experience sub-syndromal symptoms of fatigue, sleeplessness, impaired concentration, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, hyperarousal or anger.
An estimated 46% of ADF personnel who had transitioned from full-time service within the past five years met 12-month diagnostic criteria for a mental disorder using a structured diagnostic interview. This level of 12 month disorder combined with the significantly greater severity of current self-reported symptoms of psychological distress, depression anxiety, anger, suicidality and alcohol use, places this population at significant risk of impairment and disability.
GPs have a role to play in early identification, identifying potential barriers to care, as well as recognising and responding to veterans who present with psychiatric comorbidities.
- Recognise the risk indicators, warning signs and protective factors for psychiatric comorbidities in veterans
- Describe the evidence-based assessment, formulation and treatment approaches which are most effective in supporting veterans with psychiatric comorbidities
- Have increased confidence in identifying and supporting veterans with psychiatric comorbidities
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
- Adult health
- Military medicine
- Psychological health