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11 August 2016

GPMHSC eNewsletter – Winter 2016

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the winter edition of the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) eNewsletter.

The GPMHSC is busy preparing for the transition to the new 2017-19 triennium which includes the development of the new mental health training standards for general practitioners (GPs). The new standards will be launched at the two GP College conferences GP16 and RMA16 and were developed in consultation with GPs, training providers and other relevant stakeholder organisations as represented on the GPMHSC Committee. The GPMHSC Committee thanks all those who provided feedback as part of this review. The documents have been updated to ensure newly qualified GPs coming through have access to clear and practical information about recommended entry level training in mental health and various ongoing training pathways, as well as to ensure more experienced GPs are provided with a framework for ensuring their skills and knowledge in mental health service provision remain current. The GPMHSC are looking forward to implementing these new standards into the next triennium.

The GPMHSC will be actively engaging with primary health networks (PHNs) and the Federal Government over the coming months, looking to ensure that the role of the GP in primary mental health care is key to the implementation of services as part of the mental health reform agenda.

A/Prof Morton Rawlin
Chair

For GPs

Reminder – Maintaining your FPS provider eligibility

Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) providers are reminded to schedule a FPS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity for completion before 31 December 2016. This is important in order to maintain FPS Provider eligibility into the 2017–19 triennium while keeping your FPS skills and knowledge up to date.  There are several programs available including online and face to face options. Access accredited FPS CPD courses. 

GPMHSC workshop – Communication between GPs and mental health professionals

The GPMHSC will be presenting a workshop at both RMA16 and GP16 focusing on the importance of good communication between GPs and mental health professionals. Providing practical advice to participants in the context of the Better Access initiative, participants will come away from the workshop with strategies to improve communication between referring and treating professionals and will be able to model effective communication to colleagues. Participants will also be provided with a copy of the new GPMHSC resource Practice Guide: Communication between medical and mental health professionals. Registration for this workshop will be via the RMA16 and GP16 registration processes.

Spotlight on GPMHSC accredited training

CBT skills for general practice – e-learning ALM

RACGP Rural have recently released a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills for general practice active learning module (ALM). Accredited as FPS CPD by the GPMHSC, the module is aimed at rural GPs, but is a useful resource for any GP interested in gaining skills in psychotherapy.

This ALM is an online activity comprised of six one-hour interactive learning modules. 

For further details please access the webpage or contact RACGP Rural on 1800 636 764 or ruralmentalhealth@racgp.org.au


Psychodynamic principles workshop

The Psychodynamic Principles workshop for GPs is being run at GP16 as one of the ALM workshops. Running on both Wednesday 28 September and Friday 30 September, this workshop meets FPS CPD requirements. If you are attending GP16 and are yet to complete a FPS CPD activity this triennium, register today

Youth Mental Health Clinical Enhancement Module

A recent GPMHSC survey identified youth mental health as a key area that GPs want more training in. Headspace and gplearning have recently developed an online mental health skills training (MHST) (Clinical Enhancement Module) on youth mental health.The activity will provide participants with strategies for overcoming barriers to engaging young people with a mental illness, skills in recognising symptoms of common mental health issues and skills in undertaking mental health assessments of young people and developing evidence based GP mental health treatment plan (GPMHTP). Access the youth mental health online module.

Forced adoption e-learning activity for GPs

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has developed a free e-learning activity exclusively for GPs to support them to deliver effective care for people affected by forced adoption. The activity will assist GPs to identify people affected by past forced adoption experiences and their subsequent needs, including appropriate referral processes. Access the free activity and obtain Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) and Professional Development Program (PDP) points.

Eating disorders MH_CPD

gplearning has launched a new activity to encourage early detection and intervention of eating disorders in general practice. Through a series of interactive case studies, the activity raises awareness of the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, provides examples of how to sensitively approach the topic with patients, and outlines the role of the GP within the multidisciplinary care team.

Register for the ‘Recognising eating disorders in general practice’ gplearning activity today.

BeyondNow: a suicide safety planning app

Every day, around eight Australians die by suicide. As GPs know all too well, these deaths represent a tragic loss of life and potential, and are devastating for families, friends, colleagues and communities.

beyondblue has developed an easy-to-use and portable suicide safety planning app for smartphones that provides a convenient way for people to develop their own personalised safety plan. 

Making a suicide safety plan involves the person, ideally with the support of a health professional, identifying likely triggers and positive actions, which can be accessed during times of crisis. Suicide safety planning can be a beneficial intervention for anyone experiencing, or who has recently experienced, suicidal thoughts or behaviour. Having a plan helps people at risk to manage their psychological distress and suicidal thoughts, and subsequently reduces their immediate risk of suicidal behaviour. 

BeyondNow is free to download from the Apple Store or Google Play. Find out more about the app.

GP16 and RMA16 registration

Register for GP16
Registrations are now open for GP16, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners' (RACGP) annual conference, which will be held in Perth from 29 September – 1 October 2016. This year’s theme is Clinical, Digital Leadership. Visit the GP16 Website for more information and to register.

Register for RMA16
Delegate registrations are now open for RMA16, the peak national event for rural doctors, being held in Canberra from 20–22 October 2016. Visit the RMA16 website for more information and to register. Early bird registration close on 31 August.

For training providers

Applying for course re-accreditation

If you have run a GPMHSC accredited MHST or FPS skills training (ST) course during the 2014–16 triennium and intend to continue into the next triennium, the GPMHSC will be in touch shortly with instructions for applying for reaccreditation. Reaccreditation requires training providers to respond to the revised learning outcomes for MHST and FPS ST courses and to advise the GPMHSC of any planned changes to the program.  If you have not advised us whether you will be applying for re-accreditation, please do so by emailing gpmhsc@racgp.org.au and quote your 2014–16 activity number. 

New GP mental health training standards – hard copy guides

To coincide with the new triennium, the GPMHSC will soon be releasing the new Mental health training standards 2017–19: A guide for training providers. This guide will outline the course content requirements of GP mental health training programs for GPMHSC accreditation during the 2017–19 triennium. It will be available on the GPMHSC website in pdf form and will also be available as a hard copy booklet. If you would like to receive a hard copy guide in the post, please email gpmhsc@racgp.org.au 

Upcoming GP mental health training activities

Mental Health Skills Training (face-to-face)

Saturday 13 August 2016: Mental Health Skills Training for General Practitioners, Tristar Medical Group, Brisbane.

Saturday 20 August 2016: Dealing with Depression Rural Australia, Black Dog Institute, Gympie QLD 4570

Saturday 20 August 2016: Identifying and managing mental health challenges in general practice, Australasian Medical Publishing, Sydney NSW 2000 (Core module)

Saturday 27 August – Sunday 28 August 2016: Globe MHST, Reed Medical Education, GPCE Brisbane QLD 4000

Saturday 27 August 2016: Dealing with Depression in Rural Australia, Black Dog Institute, Muswellbrook NSW 2333

Saturday 27 August 2016: Mental Health Skills Training for General Practitioners, Tristar Medical Group, Melbourne VIC 3000

Saturday 27 August 2016: Perinatal in Practice, Black Dog Institute, RAGP College House, Perth WA 6000

Saturday 3 September 2016: Mental Health Skills Training for General Practitioners, Tristar Medical Group, Sydney NSW 2000

Saturday 10 September 2016: Dealing with Depression in Rural Australia, Black Dog Institute, Perth WA 6000

Saturday 10 September 2016: Dealing with Depression, Black Dog Institute, Randwick NSW 2031

Saturday 10 September 2016: Depression Dilemmas, Black Dog Institute, Brisbane QLD 4101

Saturday 17 September 2016: Mental Health Skills Training for General Practitioners, Tristar Medical Group, Hobart TAS 7000

Saturday 17 September 2016: Perinatal in Practice, Black Dog Institute, Wollongong NSW 2500

Saturday 1 October 2016: Mental Health Skills Training for General Practitioners, Tristar Medical Group, Sydney NSW 2000

Saturday 8 October 2016: Perinatal in Practice, Black Dog Institute, Townsville QLD 4810

Saturday 15 October 2016: Mental Health Skills Training for General Practitioners, Tristar Medical Group, Melbourne VIC 3000

Saturday 22 October 2016: Primary Care Mental Health Skills Training, Checkup, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Saturday 29 October 2016: Depression Dilemmas, Black Dog Institute, Perth WA 6000

Saturday 29 October 2016: Mental Health Skills Training for General Practitioners, Tristar Medical Group, Darwin NT 0800

Saturday 5 November 2016: Mental Health Skills Training – Managing anxiety in primary care, AOGP, Adelaide SA 5006

Mental Health Skills Training (e-learning)

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 – Fundamentals of mental health care and managing depression, gplearning

Flexible Delivery: Mental Health Skills Training with a focus on youth mental health, gplearning

Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training

Saturday 3 September: Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training, Australian Society for Psychological Medicine, Newcastle NSW 2300.

Saturday 15 October: Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training, Australian Society for Psychological Medicine, Geelong VIC 3220

Saturday 15 October: Strong Health Focussed Psychological Strategies from low intensity CBT. Skills Training for GPs working in Aboriginal Medical Services, Winnunga-Nimmityjah/Australian Society for Psychological Medicine, Narrabundah NSW 2604

FPS CPD activities (face-to-face and e-learning)

There are numerous FPS CPD activities available over the coming months. Access the list of available training opportunities. 

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