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A guide for general practitioners


The release of the Mental health training standards 2020–20: a guide for general practitioners represents a renewed commitment to continually improve Australia’s primary mental health system.

For most Australians, general practice is the first port of call when they access Australia’s healthcare system, and their general practitioner (GP) is usually the first person they consult about their mental healthcare. 

The high prevalence and burden of disease associated with mental illness means that GPs need to be able to detect and treat mental illness, and must play a central role in providing evidence-based, patient-centred care to people living with a mental illness. In addition, given current rates of suicide in Australia, it is critical that GPs have the skills needed to detect and respond to patients at risk of suicide.

Over the past decade, the work undertaken by the GPMHSC has increased GPs’ skills and knowledge in detecting, diagnosing and managing mental illnesses, and by upholding the standard of high-quality GP training, we will continue to ensure that Australians receive optimal mental healthcare.


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