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Welcome to the spring edition of the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) eNewsletter.
It has been an action packed few months for the GPMHSC, launching the new standards for the 2017–19 triennium at GP16 and RMA16, holding workshops on the Practice Guide: Communication at conferences for general practitioners (GPs) and psychologists and the release of suicide prevention and postvention resources.
The new Mental Health Training Standards 2017–19 for general practitioners and training providers are now available on the GPMHSC website. The standards have been well received and we look forward to receiving applications for reaccreditation as well as notifications of newly-trained GPs.
Members of the GPMHSC committee introduced the new Practice Guide: Communication between medical and mental health professionals at GP16, APS Congress 16 and RMA16. The guide was well received and lively discussions took place.
The GPMHSC promoted its suicide prevention and postvention resources on ‘R U OK? Day’; ‘Men, let’s talk when things get tough’ by Movember, and World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15–44 years and mental illness is one of the key risk factors. The resources are now available on the GPMHSC website.
As we head towards the end of the year, the GPMHSC will continue to promote our new standards and resources with key stakeholders.
We wish you a safe and fulfilling time over the holiday season and hope you feel refreshed for the new year ahead.
A/Prof Morton RawlinChair
Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) providers are reminded to schedule a FPS continuing professional development (CPD) activity for completion before 31 December 2016. This is critical to maintaining FPS provider eligibility into the 2017–19 triennium.
There are several programs available including online and face-to-face options. Access accredited FPS CPD courses.
The government have recently released the Fifth National Mental Health Plan. Mental Health Australia will be partnering with the Department of Health to run a number of consultation workshops occurring throughout November and early December in all states.
Following the Federal election, Mental Health Australia provided parliamentarians with a brief on the mental health sector to assist them in understanding the current state of mental health reform. GPs may be interested in the overview and recommendations provided as a precursor when considering the Fifth National Mental Health Plan.
Mental Health Week in October was marked with a number of different campaigns. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) launched a new position statement on mental health care in general practice, reiterating the central role of GPs in mental health care amid the current reform environment.
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia called for more support for mental healthcare services in the bush to ensure GPs can sustain and further enhance care.
A recent issue of the Australian Psychological Society’s bimonthly bulletin InPsych featured a number of free access articles on chronic pain that may be of interest to GPs:
The Menzies School of Health Research recently released its Final Report on Priority Evidence-Practice Gaps in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Care. The report is the product of more than six years of extensive collaboration through the ABCD National Research Partnership.
The report identifies priority gaps in mental health and wellbeing care, barriers and enablers to addressing these gaps, and strategies for improvement.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released the latest Mental health services–in brief 2016 report showing a rise in mental health prescriptions largely due to the decreased cost of many subsidised medications.
Youth Mental Health Clinical Enhancement Module
A recent GPMHSC survey identified youth mental health as a key area that GPs want more training in. Headspace and gplearning have recently developed an online mental health skills training (MHST) (Clinical Enhancement Module) on youth mental health.
The activity provides participants with strategies for overcoming barriers to engaging young people with a mental illness, skills in recognising symptoms of common mental health issues, undertaking mental health assessments of young people and developing GP mental health treatment plan (GPMHTP).
Eating disorders Mental Health (MH) CPD
gplearning has launched a new activity to encourage early detection and intervention of eating disorders in general practice. Through a series of interactive case studies, the activity raises awareness of the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, provides examples of how to sensitively approach the topic with patients, and outlines the role of the GP within the multidisciplinary care team.
Register for the ‘Recognising eating disorders in general practice’ gplearning activity today.
beyondblue has developed an easy-to-use and portable suicide safety planning app for smartphones that provides a convenient way for people to develop their own personalised safety plan.
Making a suicide safety plan involves the person, ideally with the support of a health professional, identifying likely triggers and positive actions, which can be accessed during times of crisis. Suicide safety planning can be a beneficial intervention for anyone experiencing, or who has recently experienced, suicidal thoughts or behaviour. Having a plan helps people at risk to manage their psychological distress and suicidal thoughts, and subsequently reduces their immediate risk of suicidal behaviour.
BeyondNow is free to download from the Apple Store or Google Play. Find out more about the app.
If you have run a GPMHSC accredited MHST or FPS skills training (ST) course during the 2014–16 triennium and intend to continue into the next triennium, we will be in touch shortly. Reaccreditation requires training providers to respond to the revised learning outcomes for MHST and FPS ST courses based on the new triennium standards (below).
Alternatively contact the GPMHSC firstname.lastname@example.org and quote your 2014–16 activity number.
The GPMHSC has released the new Mental health training standards 2017–19: A guide for training providers. This guide outlines the course content requirements of GP mental health training programs for GPMHSC accreditation during the 2017–19 triennium.
If you would like to receive a hard copy guide in the post, please email email@example.com
19 November 2016
Depression Dilemmas, Black Dog Institute, RandwickEmergency Mental Health Workshop, Esler Health, Melbourne
26 November 2016
Mental Health Skills Training for General Practitioners, Tristar Medical Group, Melbourne
28 November to 3 December 2016
Clinical Course in Hypnosis - CBT - FPS Module 1 to 6, The College of Medical Hypnosis, NSW Institute of Psychiatry Westmead, Sydney NSW
3 December 2016
Dealing with Depression, Black Dog Institute, Vibe Hotel, 42 Ferny Avenue, Surfers ParadisePerinatal in Practice, Black Dog Institute, Randwick
Beyond babyblues: Detecting and managing perinatal mental health disorders in primary care, Reed Medical Education
Globe Mental Health Skills Training, Reed Medical Education
Mental Health Skills Training – Fundamentals of mental health care and managing depression, Gplearning
Mental Health Skills Training with a focus on youth mental health, gplearning
Australian Society for Psychological Medicine - Focussed Psychological Strategies: Skills Training, East Fremantle Yacht Club, 6160
Australian Society of Psychological Medicine, East Fremantle Yacht Club, 6160
Australian Society for Psychological Medicine presents CBT-based FPS Counselling in General Practice (Day 1: Foundation Principles), Australian Society of Psychological Medicine, East Fremantle Yacht Club, 6158
Psychodynamic principles for general practitioners workshop (part 3): Mind and Body, RACGP Victoria, RACGP House, 100 Wellington Parade, Victoria, East Melbourne, 3002
Family Focus, Emerging Minds
Keeping Families and Children in Mind: COPMI Mental Health Worker Education Resource, Emerging Minds
'Let's Talk About Children' eLearning course, Emerging Minds
Mood Disorders Course Online: Psychological Approaches, University of Sydney - Discipline of Psychiatry at Westmead Clinical School
Anxiety Disorders Course Online: The Treatments, University of Sydney - Discipline of Psychiatry at Westmead Clinical School
Cognitive behavioural therapy skills for general practice, RACGP Rural
There are numerous FPS CPD activities available over the coming months. Access the list of available training opportunities.