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Activity description

157176 - Comorbid Mental Health Conditions in Veterans: Strategies for assessment, case formulation and treatment

Mental Health Professionals Network Ltd

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.

Learning outcomes

  1. Recognise the risk indicators, warning signs and protective factors for psychiatric comorbidities in veterans
  2. Describe the evidence-based assessment, formulation and treatment approaches which are most effective in supporting veterans with psychiatric comorbidities
  3. Have increased confidence in identifying and supporting veterans with psychiatric comorbidities

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 impacts of the social determinants of health are identified and addressed

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Professional knowledge and skills are effectively shared with others

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Adult health
  • Military medicine
  • Psychological health

Session summary


Tuesday 4 June 2019
7:15pm - 8:30pm







By invitation only

Target Audience

GPs and practice team

For more information contact...

Geoff Ward
T: 03 8662 6617