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11 February 2016

GPMHSC eNewsletter – Summer 2016

Message from the Chair

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 Rawlin
Chair

For GPs

Mental health toolkits

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 gpmhsc@racgp.org.au.

Safety planning workshop: An intervention for managing suicide risk

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.

RACGP eMental Health Guide

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.

'About mental illness' videos for children and young people

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

Providing mental healthcare to veterans: Share your experiences via online survey

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.

Maintaining your FPS provider eligibility into the 2017-19 triennium

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.

For training providers

More FPS Skills Training courses needed

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.

Applying for course re-accreditation for 2017–19 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.

Upcoming mental health training activities

Mental Health Skills Training (face-to-face)

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.

Mental Health Skills Training (online)

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.

Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training (FPS ST) activities

Friday 12 August 2016 – Sunday 14 August 2016: Focussed Psychological Therapies in General Practice, New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry, NSW 2151

FPS CPD activities (face-to-face)

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

For more information about GPMHSC-accredited activities, please visit the GPMHSC website.

FPS CPD activities (online)

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

For more information about GPMHSC-accredited activities, please visit the GPMHSC website.

Mental Health CPD (face-to-face)

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


For more information about GPMHSC-accredited activities, please visit the GPMHSC website.

Mental Health CPD (online)

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

For more information about GPMHSC-accredited activities, please visit the GPMHSC website.

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