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Happy new year from the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) and welcome to the summer edition of the GPMHSC e-newsletter.
Since our last edition, the GPMHSC has been preparing for the new year by working with Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) providers to ensure they are compliant in the new triennium and by reaccrediting activities for the 2017–19 triennium as applications come through. We expect a swift turnaround so activities can be promoted through our website and made available to general practitioners (GPs) as soon as possible. Please inform the secretariat if you have any queries about the new triennium or the accreditation of programs. Contact the GPMHSC on 03 8699 0556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The GPMHSC submitted a response to the Fifth National Mental Health Plan draft echoing the sentiment of the industry and Mental Health Australia regarding the lack of detail within the plan. The GPMHSC hopes the Government will heed this feedback to produce a new plan in the first half of 2017.
On behalf of the GPMHSC, I hope you had a relaxing break over the holiday season, and that you are feeling refreshed and ready for the year ahead to provide mental health services for the Australian public.
Assoc Prof Morton RawlinChair
The Mental Health Practitioners Network (MHPN) released their ‘At a glance achievements’ for 2016 continuing to build relationships across mental health services.
Take a look at the MHPN website to learn more about establishing or finding a network and viewing one of their many webinars.
National mental health charity, SANE Australia, recently celebrated their 30th anniversary by helping Australians affected by mental illness to lead a better life.
The organisation was recognised for their innovative approaches to online forums in the 2016 Mental Health Awards.
SANE offers a range of support services including a helpline, online chat function, forums, as well as practical guides for families, carers and employers.
A new health promotion program aimed at targeting new fathers’ mental health has been launched by researchers at the University of Newcastle. This innovative program provides new fathers with information by connecting to online services through their mobile phone. The text messages offer advice to help fathers understand their baby and to connect with them; and also helps them support their partner.
Find out more about the project.
Calls to prioritise youth mental health is gaining significant momentum. Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health is calling for an urgent response to the rising rates of suicide among young Australians following the release of their report ‘Raising the bar for youth suicide prevention’ late last year. Mission Australia conducted a youth survey which revealed that mental health was rated in the top three concerns for young people aged 15–19 along with alcohol and drugs, as well as equity and discrimination.
The GPMHSC has updated the requirements for Mental Health Skills Training (MHST) and Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training (FPS ST) for the 2017–19 triennium to start in the new year. Take some time to review the details on our website including the new standards, application forms and meeting dates.
To begin the process, complete the reaccreditation process for the Education Activity Representatives (EARs) for the QI&CPD Program 2017–19 triennium. If you are unsure whether you have completed the entire training process, please contact your local QI&CPD office.
To ensure that training continues to meet the standards into the 2017–19 triennium, your application will need to respond to the content requirements for each of the new learning outcomes.
You will need to provide:
If you have significant changes to your program, you may need to consider a new application (using the same form). Please be aware that new applications will need to be considered by the GPMHSC.
For more information including the new standards, application forms and meeting dates, visit the GPMHSC website.
Look out for new activities available over the coming months. Access the list of available training opportunities.
18th International Mental Health Conference Date: 21–23 August 2017 Where: Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland Call for abstracts closes 15 May
27th Mental Health Services Learning Network Conference Date: 29 August–1 September 2017 Where: Hilton Sydney, Australia Call for abstracts closes 6 March
7th International Carers Conference 2017 Date: 4–6 October 2017 Where: Adelaide Convention Centre Call for abstracts close 10 Feb
GP17 Date: 26–28 October 2017 Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney Call for abstracts close 2 Feb
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