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Part B


An overview of mental health training accredited by the GPMHSC

 

The GPMHSC accredits activities under two broad categories:

  • skills training activities
  • continuing professional development (CPD) activities.


Skills training activities

Definition

The specific knowledge, abilities, skills and attitudes required to access, manage and provide ongoing mental healthcare in general practice, either through preparing high quality GPMHTPs and/or providing FPS.

– The GPMHSC

Types of skills training

There are two types of skills training activities accredited by the GPMHSC:

  • Mental Health Skills Training (MHST) (also referred to as Level 1)
  • Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training (FPS ST) (also referred to as Level 2).


Continuing professional development activities

Definition

The means by which members of the profession maintain, improve, and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal qualities required in their professional lives.4

– The Medical Board of Australia


Types of CPD

There are two types of CPD activities accredited by the GPMHSC:

  • Mental Health CPD (MH CPD)
  • Focussed Psychological Strategies CPD (FPS CPD).

Earning CPD points

When you complete any mental health training and education that is accredited by the GPMHSC, you can also accrue RACGP Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) and/or ACRRM Professional Development Program (PDP) points.

This includes for:

  • MHST
  • FPS ST
  • MH CPD
  • FPS CPD.

Overview

Table 3. Overview of each type of mental health training accredited by the GPMHSC

Your mental health training options

As shown in Figure 1, you have several options to choose from when you undertake mental health training:

  • To begin your mental health training, you complete MHST (Level 1).
    • This has two pathways and you can choose the one most suited to your needs and situation.
    • The Primary Pathway is usually completed by general practice registrars and other doctors entering Australian general practice.
    • The Modular Pathway is usually completed by more experienced GPs and GPs who have an interest in mental health. 12 Mental health training standards 2017–19 
  • After completing MHST (Level 1), you:
    • are able to claim MBS items 2715 and 2717
    • are encouraged to complete MH CPD
    • can complete FPS ST in order to be registered to deliver FPS.
  • To begin FPS ST, you need to have previously completed MHST.
  • After completing FPS ST:
    • you are able to claim MBS items 2721, 2723, 2725 and 2727
    • you must complete at least one FPS CPD in each subsequent triennium in order to maintain your FPS registration
    • are encouraged to complete MH CPD at any time.


References

  1. Medical Board of Australia. Mandatory registration standards. Melbourne:MBA, 2016. Available at www.medicalboard.gov.au/registration-standards.aspx [Accessed 25 July 2016].


Downloads

Mental-health-training-standards-2020-22_A-guide-for-GPs-19.pdf