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14 August 2015

GPMHSC eNewsletter - Winter 2015

Message from the Chair

We are now more than halfway through the CPD triennium. If you completed FPS ST prior to January 2014, have you completed CPD to maintain your eligibility as an FPS provider into 2017? There are opportunities coming up at conferences to include the RACGP’s GP15 in Melbourne (21-23 September 2015) and Rural Medicine Australia’s RMA15 in Adelaide (22-24 October 2015). Registration for these events is open now.

Further to the article in the Autumn 2015 edition of the GPMHSC eNewsletter, work on the integration of our GP Mental Health Treatment Plan templates in clinical information systems is continuing. The templates and an accompanying patient information brochure are now available for download on the GPMHSC website.

I hope you enjoy this Winter 2015 edition of the GPMHSC eNewsletter.

A/Prof Morton Rawlin

For GPs

Reminder to write a letter of referral to accompany a GPMHTP

When referring patients to an allied health professional for focussed psychological strategies, remember to write a letter to accompany the GP Mental Health Treatment Plan. Advice provided under Note M7.1 of the Medicare Benefit Schedule states that GPs do not need to use a specific form or template; however, the allied health professional must be in receipt of a letter or note of referral that is signed and dated by the referring practitioner at the first consultation with the patient. For more information, contact Medicare’s provider enquiries line on 132 150.

Do you support people through the process of receiving news of a mental health diagnosis?

Your assistance is sought for a study being conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney. This research aims to examine health professionals’ perspectives on discussing mental health conditions with patients and both the facilitators and challenges inherent to these conversations. If you routinely deliver news of a mental health diagnosis or support people at the time of diagnosis and would like to take part in an online survey, please contact Alyssa Milton (PhD candidate) at amil2403@uni.sydney.edu.au or read more and sign up here.

New suicide prevention tool for use in general practice

Researchers at the University of Queensland have developed and validated a brief, self-report questionnaire for GPs to help predict suicidality and suicidal behaviour in their patients. The Suicidal Affect-Behaviour-Cognition Scale (SABCS) is a five- to seven-item measure that is designed to better capture feelings of wanting to die, as well as related thoughts and behaviours. Findings were published in PLOS ONE in June 2015 and the SABCS and you can view the scale free of charge through this open-access journal.

For training providers

Support to complete GPMHSC application paperwork

If you are thinking about developing a new MHST or FPS ST activity, the GPMHSC Secretariat can be a valuable resource in preparing your application. It is standard practice for the Secretariat to review and provide advice on draft application paperwork before they are adjudicated at a GPMHSC Committee meeting, but staff can also provide advice earlier in the process that can make the process of preparing an application simpler and less stressful.

In addition to any specific questions you have about the MHST or FPS ST dual application forms, Secretariat staff can provide guidance on:

  • How to source carer and consumer representatives to assist in the planning, development, delivery and review of your programs,
  • What kind of tasks might be appropriate for use as predisposing and reinforcing activities,
  • Whether to prepare an application for an MHST activity under the Primary or Modular Pathway,
  • Details that the GPMHSC Committee will be looking for in an advertising material and program timetables presented as part of the application paperwork, and
  • A range of other issues.

Call the GPMHSC Secretariat on 03 8699 0556 or email gpmhsc@racgp.org.au for advice in the initial stages of activity planning.

Notifying the GPMHSC of changes to an accredited activity

It is good practice for training providers to review the content and format of MHST and FPS ST programs on occasion. This helps to ensure participants are getting the most out of their mental health training. Adapting accredited training activities over the course of the triennium is acceptable. However, when planning changes to accredited activities, remember to contact the GPMHSC Secretariat on 03 8699 0556 or email gpmhsc@racgp.org.au for advice on whether the revisions will need to be reviewed at a Committee meeting.

Upcoming GP mental health training activities

Face-to-face MHST activities

Saturday 29 August 2015: Mental Health Skills Training for General Practitioners, Tristar Medical Group, Hobart TAS

Saturday 5 September 2015: Mental Health Skills Training for General Practitioners, Tristar Medical Group, Sydney NSW

Thursday 10 September 2015: Mental Health Skills Training for General Practitioners, Tristar Medical Group, Mildura VIC

Sunday 18 October 2015: Dealing with Depression, Black Dog Institute, Randwick NSW

Saturday 24 October 2015: Mental Health Skills Training for General Practitioners, Tristar Medical Group, Mildura VIC

Saturday 7 November 2015: Primary Mental Healthcare Recovery Oriented Practice (PULSAR MHST), Dandenong, VIC

Friday 20 November 2015: Mental Health Skills Training for General Practitioners, Tristar Medical Group, Mildura VIC

Saturday 21 November 2015: Primary Mental Healthcare Recovery Oriented Practice (PULSAR MHST), Dandenong, VIC

For updated information on GPMHSC-accredited activities, please visit the GPMHSC website.

Online MHST activities

Monday 2 November – Monday 7 December 2015: Mental Health Training for Rural Practitioners, ACRRM

Flexible delivery: Mental health care in general practice (Core Module), gplearning

Flexible delivery: Managing depression in general practice (Clinical Enhancement Module), gplearning

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: GLOBE Mental Health Skills Training, Reed Exhibitions Australia

Flexible delivery: Mental Health Skills Training, Barwon Medicare Local

For updated information on GPMHSC-accredited activities, please visit the GPMHSC website.

FPS ST activities

Saturday-Sunday 17-18 October and Saturday 7 November 2015: The ABC of CBT: Skills for GPs, Black Dog Institute, Toowoomba QLD

Friday-Sunday 20-22 November 2015: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Counselling Skills for GPs, RACGP WA Faculty, Perth WA

For updated information on GPMHSC-accredited activities, please visit the GPMHSC website.

Combined MHST & FPS ST activities

Monday 30 November – Saturday 5 December 2015: Clinical Course in Hypnosis, College of Medical Hypnosis, Sydney NSW

For updated information on GPMHSC-accredited activities, please visit the GPMHSC website.

Face-to-face FPS CPD activities

Tuesday 22 September 2015: Emotional Health of Children, RACGP WA Faculty, Melbourne VIC (GP15)

Saturday 10 October 2015: One Day Mental Health Module – The Assessment, Treatment and Review of a Person with a Phobia, College of Medical Hypnosis, Melbourne VIC

Monday-Saturday 12-17 October 2015: Advanced Clinical Course in Hypnosis, College of Medical Hypnosis, Melbourne VIC

Saturday 28 November 2015: Psychodynamic Principles Workshop for General Practitioners, RACGP Victorian Faculty, East Melbourne VIC

For updated information on GPMHSC-accredited activities, please visit the GPMHSC website.

Online FPS CPD activities

Flexible delivery: Family Focus, COPMI

Flexible delivery: Keeping Families and Children in Mind, COPMI

Flexible delivery: Let’s Talk About Children, COPMI

For updated information on GPMHSC-accredited activities, please visit the GPMHSC website.

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