Online focussed psychological strategies skills training

A flexible, innovative model

The RACGP Rural training package provides GPs with essential training in Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training (FPS ST) to enable rural GPs to provide CBT-derived FPS counselling to patients.

GPs who have completed mental health skills training accredited by the GPMHSC are able to access MBS items for FPS services in their general practice.

This flexible, innovative model uses a combination of technology, peer learning groups and locally available resources to provide GPs access to essential skills training. Particular attention toward ensuring an accessible pathway approach, achieved through packaged modular learning, will enable more rural GPs to acquire these skills whist remaining in their community.

The 2019 intakes are now open and GPs who wish to particpate can register.

2019 intakes




Intake 4

28 August 2019 - 01 December 2019

RACGP Members: $979 (Inc GST)

Register now

NOTE: Level 1 – Mental Health Skills Training (MHST) is a prerequisite for enrolment.

Training outline

Module 1: Clinical audit – Antidepressant prescribing in general practice

This module will enable GPs to look systematically at their use of antidepressants to ensure it is consistent with current practice, and identify opportunities for improving practice and implementing change. Accredited for 40 category 1 QI&CPD points. Quality Improvement activity.

Module 2: ALM – Cognitive behavioural therapy skills for general practice

The on-line CBT ALM provides GPs with foundational CBT skills for GPs to use in their practice. Accredited for 40 category 1 QI&CPD points.

Module 3: Case consultation

This module provides a way for GPs to connect with other clinicians to share clinical experiences of providing FPS counselling delivered via facilitated online discussion groups or one-on-one case based discussion. Accredited for 40 category 1 QI&CPD points.

Module 4: Consumer & carer webinar

This interactive webinar will provide GPs with insight into the lived experiences of mental health consumers and carers in the general practice setting. Accredited for 2 category 2 QI&CPD points.

Training outcome

The training has GPMHSC accreditation and on completion GPs can gain FPS provider registration with Medicare to access FPS related MBS numbers 2721, 2723, 2725 and 2727, enabling them to deliver FPS counselling in their practices.

To read more about becoming a registered FPS provider, please visit the GPMHSC website


For further details please contact the Rural team on:

 1800 636 764