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Establish training standards


The GPMHSC is responsible for establishing standards of education and training for the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access) initiative.

The Mental health training standards 202–22: A guide for general practitioners provides information for GPs on mental health education and training. The standards also outline the types of continuing professional development (CPD) activities in mental health. This ensures GPs' skills and knowledge in mental health are up to date and broad ranging.

Mental health training accreditation


The GPMHSC accredits a range of mental health education and training for GPs. This includes:

GPMHSC accredited mental health education and training activities also require RACGP and/or ACRRM accreditation.

View RACGP and ACRRM accredited mental health training and education.

Furthermore, the GPMHSC maintains a register of GPs who complete MHST and FPS ST and notifies Medicare Australia. Medicare contacts the GP to confirm eligibility in claiming the appropriate MBS item numbers.

Develops resources, factsheets and guides


View GP resources, factsheets and guides on mental health.

View training provider resources on developing accredited mental health training and education for GPs.

​Statement of Commitment to Reconciliation


The Statement of commitment to reconciliation expresses the GPMHSC commitment to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to help close the gap in social and emotional wellbeing outcomes. Research shows that GPs managed mental health issues for Indigenous Australians at 1.3 times the rate for other Australians. Despite this, there is no specific Council of Australian Governments target for mental health. While targets are in place and the gap is closing for physical health, the gap in mental health remains unacceptably large.