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Executive summary

The GPMHSC identified a need for an easy-to-access guide to the Stepped Care Model for general practitioners (GPs) in Australia.

This guide aims to:

  • support the implementation of the Stepped Care Model
  • encourage communication between general practice and Primary Health Networks (PHNs)
  • promote shared-care decision making with carers and consumers.

This guide details advice on:

  • what is the Stepped Care Model?
  • what is the role of the GP in stepped care?
  • how GPs and PHNs can work together to provide care
  • exploring the Stepped Care Model in your community
  • thinking about available services
  • who is providing the services?
  • thinking about your community • talking to your patients about stepped care
  • GP education and training.

At the end of this guide comes a list useful resources, including PHN website links, and an appendix with current Medicare rebates.

In developing this guide, and ensuring its relevance to all professions involved in primary mental health care, the GPMHSC engaged in a consultation process with relevant member organisations including the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Association of Social Workers, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapy Australia and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

On behalf of the GPMHSC, I encourage all GPs to refer to this guide when looking to understand how best to use the stepped care services in their own practice and in collaboration with their PHN.

Associate Professor Morton Rawlin
Chair, General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration



Working with the Stepped Care Model