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Applying stepped care

Best practice by GPs in the treatment of patients with mental illness will continue with the following key aspects.

  • Identify and manage treatment for mental health issues experienced by consumers.
  • Develop and review an evidence-based and needs-based GPMHTP in consultation with consumers and carers.
  • To inform subsequent care received, incorporate into the GPMHTP the perspectives and needs of consumers, their carers and others in a person’s network.
  • Use practice systems to identify local services and resources that safeguard consumer safety and assist in providing holistic mental health care to consumers.
  • Use appropriate MBS item numbers relating to provision of mental health care.


Working with the Stepped Care Model