Hello from the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) and welcome to the spring edition of the GPMHSC e-newsletter.
The GPMHSC has been busy promoting mental health training and accreditation at various general practice conferences, including General Practitioner Conference and Exhibition (GPCE) Brisbane, Rural Medicine Australia 17 and GP17 – The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) conference. If you are at GPCE Melbourne, come and say hello to the GPMHSC team.
Have you seen our video on Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training (FPS ST)? This short video provides information to general practitioners (GPs) interested in providing advanced mental health care to their patients.
Also included in this newsletter is an update on a number of excellent mental health and FPS continuing professional development (CPD) activities available and accredited by the GPMHSC. Check our website for details.
The beginning of the new triennium is an excellent time for training providers to develop new mental health training activities as programs that receive GPMHSC accreditation over the next few months can be rolled out for over two years.
The GPMHSC also recognises high-quality mental health (MH) CPD and FPS CPD. More information below. If you are thinking of developing a new mental health activity, please contact the GPMHSC Secretariat with any questions.
Assoc Prof Morton Rawlin Chair, GPMHSC
New Medicare item numbers for psychological telehealth were launched on 1 November providing access to therapies for rural and remote patients. Up to seven of the 10 consultations under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan can be conducted through video conferencing. It is a requirement that one of the first four sessions is delivered face-to-face to facilitate a personal connection with the treating allied health professional. The Department of Health (DoH) has developed guidelines and collated frequently asked questions (FAQs) for key stakeholders.
Find out more through the DoH website.
Mandatory reporting of health practitioners is under review by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council. Currently, in every state but Western Australia, a healthcare practitioner who treats another healthcare practitioner for mental health or substance use/abuse issues must report their condition to the authorities.
Reporting can lead to a lengthy investigation and harm a healthcare practitioner’s reputation. This situation means that some GPs choose not to seek help for these conditions contributing to a high number of suicides in the profession.
Read the RACGP submission to the review.
Survey 1 The Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) at the University of Sydney is currently conducting a study aimed at exploring the barriers and enablers to the implementation of a newly developed shared care model for the treatment of anxiety and depression in cancer patients.
PoCoG is interested in interviewing GPs (either face-to-face or in a phone call for a 30–45 minute semi-structured interview) on the acceptability of the new model.
If you would like to participate, please contact Dr Lisa Vaccaro firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Joanne Shaw email@example.com
For more information about the project, please visit the PoCoG website.
Are you caring for patients with mental health issues in Wyndham, Hobsons Bay or Maribyrnong? Would you like to learn more about how to manage and support these patients?
Emergency Mental Health Services and the Primary Care Liaison Unit at Werribee Hospital are exploring how we can support GPs caring for patients with mental health issues. Together, we support people in one of Melbourne's fastest-growing catchments. To share your views, please complete the five-minute survey by Sunday 10 December.
Results from this survey will help develop our services and referral tools, and contribute to our 2018 GP seminar program. Forward any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Take the survey.
A collaboration with the community, the mental health sector and the DoH has resulted in a new website that links Australians to online and phone mental health services, information and resources.
For more information, visit the Head to Health website.
To help GPs engage with at-risk patients sooner, Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network has introduced AOD@theGP, a gateway service for GPs who have patients with emerging substance use issues.
Rather than duplicating existing alcohol and other drugs (AOD) services, AOD@theGP focuses on early intervention for patients who are not yet seeking treatment. We place an experienced AOD clinician within the clinic to provide on-the-spot assessment, psycho-education, brief interventions, and where necessary, facilitate access to suitable AOD treatment services.
Find out more or register your general practice to access the service. Email Debbie Lindsey via email@example.com
‘Your health in mind’ is a website from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). Aimed at patients and their families, the website provides expert information in plain English about mental illnesses, treatments, the role of psychiatrists, and how to get help.
‘Your health in mind’ also assists in explaining the differences between a psychologist and a psychiatrist – terminologies that confuse many people. The website includes:
Go to Your health in mind for all the information.
Dealing with Adolescent Depression Saturday 18 November, Randwick Black Dog Institute
Deadly MHST: Substance Misuse Saturday 11 November, Toowoomba Carbal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services Limited
GP Mental Health Skills Masterclass Saturday 9 December, Adelaide Psych Scene Pty Ltd
Mental Health Disorders Training for Rural Practitioners Delivered by ACRRM
Mental Health Skills Training with a focus on youth mental health Delivered online by gplearning
Talking About Suicide in General Practice Black Dog Institute
Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention Multiple locations and dates Black Dog Institute
Accessible Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training Monday 14 August – Friday 24 November Delivered online RACGP Rural
GP Psychological Medicine Training: By GPs for GPs Australian Society for Psychological Medicine
Managing Depression in Primary Care Saturday 11 November, Newcastle The University of Sydney – Discipline of Psychiatry At Westmead Clinical School
Dealing with Anxiety Disorders Saturday 2 December, Randwick Black Dog Institute
If you plan on making changes to your activity once it has been accredited, training providers are advised to contact the GPMHSC Secretariat on 03 8699 0556 for further discussion if there are any changes or variations to the activities once accreditation has been granted.
Now is an excellent time to develop new mental health training activities as programs that receive GPMHSC accreditation over the next few months can be rolled out for over two years. Training providers who are thinking of developing a new MHST, FPS ST, MH CPD or FPS CPD activity and have questions about the process are advised to contact the GPMHSC Secretariat on 03 8699 0556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2017–19, the GPMHSC will be recognising high-quality MH CPD and FPS CPD activities.
Training providers who wish to have GPMHSC accreditation for their MH CPD or FPS CPD activities must have the activity accredited by the RACGP Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) Program or be dually accredited by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) Professional Development Program (PDP).
To apply for GPMHSC accreditation, training providers are required to:
MH CPD and FPS CPD activities will be adjudicated by the GPMHSC as applications arrive.
With a GPMSHC accreditation, CPD activities can include the GPMHSC accreditation ‘tick’ logo (pictured) when advertising. The GPMHSC will also promote accredited CPD activities to interested GPs, Medicare locals and other interested stakeholders through its website and this newsletter.
Please be aware that in order for the GPMHSC to report completed Mental Health Education and Training (MHST) to Medicare, a provider number must be included. Please advise the GPs attending your activities to contact the GPMHSC and advise of their Medicare provider number. Without this detail, GPs cannot be reported as eligible to claim the higher Medicare Benefits Schedule item numbers. Contact GPMHSC via email or call 03 8699 0556.
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