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Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) Skills Training


 


Definition

 

Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) refers to specific mental healthcare treatments based on evidence-based psychological therapies. Under the Better Access initiative, GPs who are registered FPS providers can use a range of recognised FPS that fall into the following two categories:

 

Objectives

 

To develop skills in the provision of evidence-based psychological interventions as part of a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan (GPMHTP) for common mental health illnesses.
 

Key learning outcomes

   

Prerequisites

 

Valid Medicare Provider number/s issued by the Australian Government Department of Human Services.

Successful completion of Mental Health Skills Training (MHST).
 

Requirements

 

Successful completion of an accredited FPS ST course.

This includes 20 hours minimum of education – comprising of 12 hours minimum of face-to-face or live interacting training and 8 hours interactive structured learning, plus a predisposing and reinforcing activity.

View accredited FPS ST courses.
 

MBS item numbers

 

Vocationally Registered (VR) GPs who complete the requirements of FPS ST may be eligible to claim the following MBS items:

2721 – Provision of FPS (professional attendance at consulting rooms), lasting at least 30 minutes, but less than 40 minutes

2723 – Provision of FPS (professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms), lasting least 30 minutes, but less than 40 minutes

2725 – Provision of FPS (professional attendance at consulting rooms), lasting at least 40 minutes.

2727 – Provision of FPS (professional attendance at a place other than consulting rooms), lasting at least 40 minutes.

As of July 1 2018, non-VR GPs who complete the requirements of FPS ST and apply to Medicare may be eligible to claim MBS items 283 – 287.

For more information on the above mental health MBS item numbers, please visit MBS online.
 

Ongoing requirements

 

To maintain registration with Medicare Australia as a FPS provider, GPs are required to complete at least one FPS CPD course every triennium (beginning after the first triennium in which FPS ST was completed). This will ensure continued use of MBS items that relate to the provision of FPS.

View accredited FPS CPD courses.
 

Action

 

Upon successful completion of an accredited FPS ST course, you can apply to Medicare Australia as a registered provider of FPS.

GPs can required to complete the application to register as a GP provider of FPS with Medicare form and send supporting documentation to gpmhsc@racgp.org.au.

The GPMHSC will advise Medicare that you have completed FPS ST. Medicare will update your provider eligibility and advise you in writing when this has occurred, usually within 4–6 weeks after your application is received.

 


Downloads

GPMHSC Mental health training standards 2020-22 a guide for training providers GPMHSC Application to register GP provider FPS with Medicare