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Type: Webinar
27 Jul, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM (AEST)


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Email: RACGP Specific Interests
Call: 03 8699 0487


RACGP Members: $175 (masterclass + webinar) $50 (webinar only)

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RACGP Specific Interests Psychological Medicine Masterclass

Webinar 27 Jul, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM (AEST)

RACGP Specific Interests Psychological Medicine welcomes you to join our online, GP-specific psychological medicine masterclass - an opportunity to learn from three expert GPs, all recipients of RACGP Recognition of Extended Skills in Psychological Medicine. This masterclass is delivered in two parts: a standalone webinar, followed by case-based discussions in small groups. 

You can register to attend the webinar only or attend both components. Please note you cannot attend the case-based discussions without attending the webinar first. 

Webinar: 10.00 am –12.00 pm AEST

This webinar will explore some of the challenging issues in general practice mental healthcare and discuss short, sharp and effective mental health strategies you can use to support your patients. It will delve into:
  • difficult and complex patients
  • patients with eating disorders
  • patients with ADHD complexities
Learning Outcomes:
  • Review strategies to manage and support challenging patient behaviours associated with complex PTSD and personality issues
  • Outline practical approaches for the diagnosis and management of eating disorders in primary care
  • Discuss the evaluation of ADHD symptomology and its non-pharmacological management
CPD: 2 Educational Activities hours. Also approved for Mental Health CPD by the GPMPSC.

Case-based discussions: 12.30–3.30 pm AEST

Further your knowledge in these three areas of psychological medicine with this additional masterclass of in-depth, case-based discussions in small groups (max 12 participants per group). You will rotate through three hour-long sessions where you can share your own cases in a safe-reflective space, and receive feedback and support from your colleagues. 

Case-based discussions will be interactive so please bring your cases and questions along with you. Attendees must participate with their camera and audio on. 

CPD: 3 Reviewing Performance hours. Also approved for Mental Health CPD by the GPMPSC.

Learning outcomes

  1. Discuss supporting challenging patients, eating disorders and the complexities of ADHD with peers


Dr Cathy Andronis
Chair, RACGP Specific Interests Psychological Medicine

Dr Cathy Andronis works as a GP and psychotherapist in inner Melbourne and is a qualified family therapist. She is RACGP Specific Interests Psychological Medicine Chair, a member of the Victorian RACGP–RANZP liaison subcommittee, and is the RACGP representative for Mental Health Australia and the MHPN clinical education committee. Cathy is an experienced facilitator of case consultation groups for the RACGP and the Australian Society for Psychological Medicine (ASPM) and a provider of clinical supervision. She is the GP lead at Deakin University Eastern Health Clinical School.

Dr Jo-Anne Zappia

Dr Jo-Anne Zappia has worked as a GP with a strong focus on mental health for over 25 years and worked in a general practice clinic in Melbourne’s inner southeast until June 2022. She now works from her private psychotherapy clinic, Coze Health. She has always attracted a lot of patients with mental health care needs and has furthered her education to facilitate their care. She holds RACGP Recognition of Extended Skills in Psychological Medicine, has undertaken further study in hypnotherapy, anxiety and depression and multiple short courses in a variety of therapeutic modalities, culminating in her Fellowship of the Australian Society of Psychological Medicine (ASPM) and the completion of her Master of Psychiatry at Melbourne University in 2021.

Dr Karen Spielman

Dr Karen Spielman is a GP and director of a small group private general practice in Sydney, where she has been for nearly 20 years, seeing many people with chronic complex issues. She has also worked in Youth Health, in various roles and settings, and is now Clinical Lead GP at Headspace Bondi. Dr Spielman holds RACGP Recognition of Extended Skills in Psychological Medicine and has a special interest in Eating Disorders, Mental Health and chronic complex medical conditions.

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