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16 May 2016

GPMHSC eNewsletter – Autumn 2016

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Autumn edition of the GPMHSC eNewsletter.

The GPMHSC has had a busy start to the year; preparing for planned changes to mental health service delivery under the mental health reform package and beginning preparations for the transition to a new triennium at the end of the year.

Much of the detail for the mental health reform package, including how it will impact GPs and their patients is yet to be announced. However, in anticipation of a planned new approach to suicide prevention in primary care, the GPMHSC has been working on the development of mental health first aid and suicide prevention resources for GPs. Further, with Primary Healthcare Networks (PHNs) set to inherit a greater level of responsibility for the management and delivery of metal health services, we have been working to develop stronger relationships with the 31 PHNs nationwide.

In preparation for the new triennium, the GPMHSC has begun a review of the 2014–16 Mental Health Education Standards and related training application processes. As part of this review we are seeking consultation feedback from GPs and training providers regarding the existing training requirements and adjudication processes. If you are interested in providing feedback, see more information in the relevant sections below. The new 2017–19 Mental Health Education Standards will be launched at GP16 and RMA16.

A/Prof Morton Rawlin
Chair, GPMHSC

For GPs

Review of the 2014–16 Mental Health Education Standards – Seeking your feedback

The Mental health education standards 2014–16: A Handbook for GPs is designed to provide GPs with a clear guide to different levels of mental health training and related MBS item numbers. The current standards and training requirements are now under review and the GPMHSC would like to invite GPs to provide feedback.

Please provide feedback by completing our short survey and assist us to make any improvements to our standards, documentation and processes for the 2017–19 triennium. All respondents will go into a draw to win one of ten Coles Myer vouchers valued at $200 each. If you have any questions about the review process, don’t hesitate to contact us at gpmhsc@racgp.org.au.

Maintaining your FPS Provider eligibility into the 2017–19 triennium

GP providers of Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) are reminded to schedule a FPS continuing professional development (CPD) activity for completion before the 31 December 2016. This is important in order to maintain FPS Provider eligibility into the 2017–19 triennium and in keeping your FPS skills and knowledge up to date. There are several accredited FPS CPD programs available including online and face to face options. Please visit the website to view the full list. 

Mental health first aid and suicide prevention resources

The GPMHSC is nearing completion of two new resources for GPs on mental health first aid and suicide prevention/postvention. The resources will be available on the GPMHSC website and are designed to complement formal training in mental health care and suicide prevention. These resources have been designed to assist GPs to better detect and respond to patients at risk of suicide, and to use postvention as a proactive intervention strategy addressing suicide prevention in rural and remote communities.

Once completed, the GPMHSC will invite interested GPs to review the resources and provide feedback. If you are interested in reviewing the tool kits please contact us at gpmhsc@racgp.org.au. GPs will be compensated for their participation. 

New resource – A practical guide for working with carers of people with a mental illness

A guide for working with carers of people with mental illness has been developed by a consortium of experts in mental healthcare. This new resource aims to assist professionals and organisations working with carers when designing and implementing care for people with mental illness. Agencies involved in the development of the guide include Helping Minds, Mind Australia, Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (PMHA), Mental Health Carers ARAFMI Australia and one of the GPMHSC partner organisations, Mental Health Australia.

In any given year, almost two and a half million people care for a person with mental illness in Australia and too often, when dealing with organisations providing treatment and care, these same carers can end up feeling left out of the process of creating the care their loved one needs. As such, the primary outcome of the Guide, when implemented within a service, will be an enhanced practice of engaging, supporting and working with carers in all areas in which mental healthcare is provided.

Please access the free guide via the PMHA website.

GP16 and RMA16 – Registration and call for abstracts

Preparations for the two GP college conferences, GP16 and RMA16 are well underway; and are gearing up to be fantastic events.

Register for GP16

Registrations are now open for GP16, the RACGP’s annual conference, which will be held in Perth from 29 September 2016 – 1 October 2016. This year’s theme is Clinical, Digital Leadership. Visit the GP16 website for more information and to register.

RMA16: Register your interest and call for abstracts

Delegate registrations will open soon for RMA16, ACRRM’s annual conference, being held in Canberra from 20–22 October 2016. Visit the RMA16 website for more information and to register your interest.

The RMA16 Academic Committee also invites authors and presenters to submit abstracts for consideration of presentation at RMA16. Submissions are sought relevant to topics such as Clinical practice in the rural and remote context and; training and sustaining skilled health workforces for rural and remote communities. Visit the conference website for more information and to submit an abstract.

RACGP Mental Health Clinical Audit Tool

RACGP Rural has recently developed a mental health clinical audit tool which enables GPs to determine patterns in their practice’s mental health patient population and assess the strategies used, and their effectiveness, to treat patients with mental health issues.

The Mental Health Clinical Audit Tool is GPMHSC accredited mental health CPD and accredited as a Quality Improvement (QI) activity with the RACGP.

For training providers

Review of the 2014–16 mental health education standards and training accreditation process - Seeking your feedback

The Mental health education standards 2014–16: A Handbook for training providers are designed to provide guidance and assistance to training providers when developing GPMHSC accredited mental health education programs. The current standards and training accreditation process are under review and the GPMHSC would like to invite training providers to provide feedback.

Please provide feedback by completing our short survey and assist us to make any improvements to our processes for the 2017–19 triennium. All respondents will go into a draw to win one of ten Coles Myer vouchers valued at $200 each. If you have any questions about the review process, don’t hesitate to contact us at gpmhsc@racgp.org.au.

Applying for course reaccreditation for 2017–19 triennium

If you have run a GPMHSC accredited Mental Health Skills Training (MHST) or FPS Skills Training (FPS ST) course during the 2014–16 triennium and have indicated that you will be running the course into the next triennium, the GPMHSC will be in touch shortly with instructions for applying for reaccreditation. If you have not advised us whether you will be applying for reaccreditation, please do so by emailing gpmhsc@racgp.org.au and quote your 2014–16 activity number. 

Upcoming GP mental health training activities

Mental Health Skills Training (face-to-face)

Saturday 14 May 2016: Dealing with Depression, Black Dog Institute, Melbourne VIC 3002

Saturday 14 May 2016: Dealing with Depression Rural Australia, Black Dog Institute, Mount Gambier SA 5290

Saturday 21 May – Sunday 22 May 2016: Globe MHST, Reed Medical Education, GPCE Sydney NSW 2000

Saturday 21 May 2016: Dealing with Depression in Rural Australia, Black Dog Institute, Esperance WA 6450

Saturday 21 May 2016: Dealing with Depression in Rural Australia, Black Dog Institute, Dalby QLD 4405.

Wednesday 25 May 2016: Dealing with Depression, Black Dog Institute, Canberra ACT

Saturday 28 May 2016: Dealing with Depression in Rural Australia, Black Dog Institute, Narrabri NSW 2390

Saturday 4 June 2016: Dealing with Depression in Rural Australia, Black Dog Institute, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

Saturday 4 June 2016: Depression Dilemmas, Black Dog Institute, Randwick NSW 2031

Saturday 11 June 2016: Dealing with Depression in Rural Australia, Black Dog Institute, Innisfail QLD 4860

Saturday 11 June 2016: Mental Health Skills Training for General Practitioners, Tristar Medical Group, Sydney NSW 2000

Saturday 25 June 2016: Emergency Mental Health Workshop, Esler Health, Melbourne VIC 3000

Saturday 16 July 2016: Mental Health Skills Training for General Practitioners, Tristar Medical Group, Melbourne VIC 3000.

Saturday 16 July 2016: Perinatal in Practice, Black Dog Institute, Melbourne VIC 3002

Saturday 23 July 2016: Globe Mental Health Skills Training, Reed Medical Education, GPCE Perth WA 6000

Access the full list of face-to-face MHST courses.

Mental Health Skills Training (online)

Flexible delivery: Beyond babyblues – Detecting and managing perinatal mental health disorders in primary care, Reed Exhibitions Australia

Flexible delivery: GLOBE Mental Health Skills Training, Reed Exhibitions Australia.

Flexible delivery: Mental Health Skills Training – Fundamentals of mental health care and managing depression, gplearning

Access the full list of MHST online courses.

Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training (FPS ST)

Monday 23 May 2016 – Saturday 28 May 2016: Clinical Course in Hypnosis (6 modules), The College of Medical Hypnosis, NSW Institute of Psychiatry Sydney NSW 2145.

Saturday 28 May 2016: Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training, Australian Society for Psychological Medicine, Geelong VIC 3220

Saturday 18 June: Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training, Australian Society for Psychological Medicine, Brisbane QLD 4000.

Monday 20 June 2016 – Saturday 25 June 2016: Clinical Course in Hypnosis (6 modules), The College of Medical Hypnosis, Melbourne VIC 3000.

Monday 25 July 2016 – Saturday 30 July 2016: Clinical Course in Hypnosis (6 modules), The College of Medical Hypnosis, Brisbane QLD 4000.

Saturday 30 July 2016: Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training, Australian Society for Psychological Medicine, Sydney NSW 2000

Access the full list of FPS ST courses

FPS CPD activities (face-to-face and online)

There are numerous FPS CPD activities available over the coming months. Please visit the website for a list of available training opportunities. 

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