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Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of the GPMHSC eNews for 2016.
In November last year the Federal Government released the proposal for mental health reform in Australia. The GPMHSC welcomes the plan to implement a stepped care model with resources allocated based on the needs of both individuals and their communities as well as the plan to implement a new approach to suicide prevention. The GPMHSC eagerly awaits the 5th national Mental Health Plan for further detail about how the Government plans to undertake these and other proposed changes.
We were pleased at the release of the Final Report of the National Ice Taskforce. The Report specifically identifies the GPMHSC as playing a key role in ensuring GPs have access to appropriate mental health training to address and respond to Ice addiction in the community.
Over the coming months, the GPMHSC will be working with 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, Professor Kelsey Hegarty and Dr Libby Hindmarsh to determine how GP mental health training can better incorporate abuse and violence specific content.
We have a busy year ahead, and look forward to keeping you informed of new and ongoing work supporting the GP workforce with mental health training and resources.
A/Prof Morton RawlinChair
The GPMHSC is in the early stages of developing two new resources for GPs. The first is a mental health first aid kit designed to provide resources to better support GPs to detect and respond to mental health issues in primary care. The second resource aims to support GPs to actively respond and provide leadership in addressing suicide in rural and remote communities.
Once these tool kits are completed, the GPMHSC would like to trial these resources with interested GPs and GP practices. GPs will receive compensation for their participation and your feedback will help us refine the resources. If you are interested in trailing one or both of these tool kits, please send in your expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monash University will be running half-day workshops in February on safety planning interventions. Designed for clinicians who work with people at high risk of suicide, the workshops will be held in Melbourne (16 February) and Sydney (19 February) and presented by Dr Barbara Stanley, an international suicide prevention expert. There will also be training on using the BeyondNow app to help facilitate incorporation of the App into existing clinical practice/suicide prevention services. Access the workshop flyer for more information.
In 2015 the RACGP developed a new online resource for GPs titled e-Mental health: A guide for GPs. The resource is designed to provide an introduction to the field of e-mental health, direct GPs to key online resources, and help GPs to decide how and when to use e-mental health safely and appropriately. Access more information and a copy of the e-Mental Health Guide.
Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) has recently developed a series of short videos about mental illness for young people. The videos aim to strengthen children's understanding of their parent's mental illness and how symptoms can affect their parent's behaviour. Access the videos
The GPMHSC has recently worked with COPMI to incorporate parenting and child needs into new Mental Health Treatment Plan templates for general practice. These templates aim to make conversations about parenting and children a routine part of mental health treatment planning in general practice, improve treatment planning and outcomes for patients who are parents, support healthy parent-child relationships and promote protective factors for the child's wellbeing and development. Download the templates
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs, assisted by the Centre for Posttraumatic mental Health (Phoenix Australia), is seeking to understand the practice and experiences of GPs in assessing and treating veterans with mental health disorders.
You are invited to share your experiences, knowledge and skills in using evidence-based practices for treating common mental health issues in the veteran population by completing an online survey. The survey is open until 10 March 2016. Access the survey.
As the end of the 2014–16 triennium nears, ensure that you schedule a FPS activity in to your CPD calendar before the 31 December 2016. This is important in order to maintain your FPS Provider eligibility into the 2017–19 triennium as well as to keep your FPS skills and knowledge up to date. Please see below for a list of upcoming FPS CPD activities or visit the GPMHSC website.
If you are a training provider operating out of a regional or rural area, consider developing an FPS ST course. Feedback from GPs indicates that more FPS training courses are needed in or near their geographical area. More information about the minimum requirements for FPS ST courses can be found in the GPMHSC’s hand book for training providers for the 2014–16 triennium.
If you have run a GPMHSC accredited MHST or FPS ST course during the 2014–16 triennium and would like to run your course again in the 2017–19 triennium, now is a good time to start preparing your application for re-accreditation. Please visit the GPMHSC website for Committee meeting dates and due dates for training applications.
Saturday 27 February 2016: Deadly MHST – Substance Misuse, Darling Downs Shared Care Incorporated T/A Carbal Medical Centre, Toowoomba QLD
Saturday 5 March 2016: Dealing with Depression in Rural Australia, Black Dog Institute, Shepparton VIC.
Saturday 5 March 2016: Foundations of Mental Health Assessment, Formulation and management planning in General Practice, Sydney NSW
Saturday 12 March 2016: Mental health Skills Training for General Practitioners, Tristar Medical Group, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 12 March 2016: Dealing with Depression in Rural Australia, Black Dog Institute, Shepparton VIC.
Saturday 19 March 2016: Primary Care Mental Health Skills Training, Checkup, South Brisbane QLD.
Saturday 19 March: Perinatal in Practice, Black Dog Institute, Melbourne VIC 3000.
Saturday 30 April 2016: Dealing with Depression in Rural Australia, Black Dog Institute, Dubbo NSW 2830.
Saturday 30 April 2016: Perinatal in Practice, Black Dog Institute, Randwick NSW 2031.
For more information about GPMHSC-accredited activities, please visit the GPMHSC website.
Monday 15 February 2016 – Monday 21 March 2016: Mental Health Training for Rural Practitioners, ACRRM
Flexible delivery: Mental health skills training, Barwon Medicare Local
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
Flexible delivery: Beyond babyblues – Detecting and managing perinatal mental health disorders in primary care, Reed Exhibitions Australia
Flexible delivery: Mental Health Skills Training, Western Victoria Primary Health Network
Flexible delivery: Mental Health Care in General Practice (MHST core module), gplearning
Flexible delivery: Managing Depression in General Practice (MHST clinical enhancement module), gplearning
For more information about GPMHSC-accredited activities, please visit the GPMHSC website.
Friday 12 August 2016 – Sunday 14 August 2016: Focussed Psychological Therapies in General Practice, New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry, NSW 2151
Saturday 20 February 2016: Psychodynamic Principles Workshop – Focussed Psychological Strategies for GPs and mental health practitioners (Part 2), RACGP Victoria Faculty, Melbourne VIC 3002
Saturday 5 March 2016: Managing Depression in Primary Care, University of Sydney – Discipline of Psychiatry, Newtown NSW 2042
Saturday 19 March 2016: Psychodynamic Principles for General Practitioners Workshop (Part 3): Mind and Body, RACGP Victoria Faculty, Melbourne VIC 3002
Saturday 7 May 2016: Managing Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care: University of Sydney – Discipline of Psychiatry, Newtown NSW 2042
Flexible delivery: Family Focus, Australian Infant Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association Ltd
Flexible delivery: Keeping families and children in mind - COPMI mental health workers education resource, Australia Infant Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association Ltd
Flexible delivery: ‘Let’s talk about children’ elearning course, Australian Infant Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association Ltd
Flexible delivery: Mood disorders course online – Psychological approaches, University of Sydney Discipline of Psychiatry
Saturday 27 February 2016: Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention, Black Dog Institute, Randwick NSW 2031
Thursday 3 March 2016: Learn how to manage patients with psychological and stress injuries, SAPMEA, Adelaide SA 5000
Saturday 19 March 2016: Mental Health Assessment of Children, Youth and Families, NSW Institute of Psychiatry, NSW 2115
Monday 4 April 2016: Learn how to manage patients with psychological and stress injuries, SAPMEA, Adelaide SA 5000
Saturday 23 April 2016: Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention, Black Dog Institute, Randwick NSW 2031
Saturday 7 May 2016 – Monday 9 May 2016: International Conference on Trauma and Mental Health, Monash University Department of General Practice, Melbourne VIC 3000
Flexible delivery: Evaluation of mental health treatment strategies in general practice, RACGP National Rural Faculty
Flexible delivery: Depression – Achieve remission, prevent relapse clinical audit, NPS Medicine Wise