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GPMHTP templates

The GP Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) templates can enhance the quality of mental health care provision and support GPs in managing common mental health illnesses under the Better Access initiative.

The GP MHTP templates are designed to provide prompts in the assessment, treatment planning and review of patients experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, and to assist in the documentation of this information.

Four templates are now available for download:


It is not necessary to complete all fields when preparing the GP MHTP. GPs may choose to adapt the templates according to the needs of their practice and their patients.

It is not mandatory to use any particular form when preparing and claiming for a GP MHTP (MBS items 2700, 2701, 2715 and 2717).

Summary of revised changes to the templates

In May 2020, the GPMHSC commissioned the Southern Synergy research faculty, Monash University to conduct a review of the existing GP MHTP templates.

This included:
  The purpose of the review was to collate and analyse the latest available evidence on the best practice for mental health assessment and treatment planning in general practice, and to seek advice from GPs and other relevant stakeholders on the usefulness and appropriateness of the current templates.

Download the revised GP MHTP templates (Word and PDF versions).

What has changed and why?

Aspect Change Rationale
Template Format  
  • Re-naming templates as Wellbeing Tool/Assessment.
  • Re-formatted as a three step model; Wellbeing Assessment, Treatment/Recovery Plan and Request for Services.
  • Inclusion of interactive prompts in PDF versions to aid with assessment and treatment planning.
  • This change may help patients relate to the document as a record of their personal recovery.
  • This change is supported by the view that not all mental health assessments lead to a diagnosis and a consequent treatment plan and referral.
Contemporary approaches to mental health assessment and treating planning in general practice  
  • Inclusion of Trauma-informed Care and Practice assessment
  • Inclusion of additional prompts to record strengths or positive dispositions of patients’
  • Inclusion of the Stages and Tasks matrix to help inform formulation and diagnosis
  • Inclusion of the PULSAR recovery-orientated approach to help define patient goals and inform treatment planning.
  • Recording the experience of exposure to traumatic events might be useful for treatment planning and referral.
  • Assessment of positive dispositions are utilised to build steps in patients’ journey and re-inforce recovery-oriented practice.
  • Identifying personally-valued goal setting is an important approach to patient-centred assessment and management.
Improving the quality of record-keeping in mental health assessment and treatment planning
  • Inclusion of a Request for Service section, in the form of a referral letter that meets Medicare billing requirements.
  • Professional translation and formatting of the templates into GP software programs.
  • Indicated for when a patient is referred to a psychological service
  • May assist with improving usability and record-keeping.


Download updated GP MHTP templates


Rich Text Format (RFT) Templates

Rich Text Format (RTF) versions are required for importing the GP MHTP templates into GP software systems, such as Best Practice® and MedicalDirector®

If you experience technical issues importing the templates, please contact your medical software vendor.

Word document Templates

Word doc versions are made available to assist GPs adapt the templates according to the needs of their practice and their patients.

Portable Document Format (PDF) Templates

Save the PDF templates on your desktop and open them in an Adobe PDF viewer to take advantage of the interactive features.