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4 May 2022

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) autumn e-newsletter.

NSW and Queensland floods

Our thoughts are with GPs living and working in the areas of south-east Queensland and NSW affected by floods in March. If you’ve been affected by this disaster, please make sure you’re caring for yourself and your family as a priority. The GPMHSC offers self-care resources, and RACGP members can access the GP support program and disaster resources. ACRRM members can access the Natural Disaster Readiness & Recovery webpage.

Focussed psychological strategies CPD requirements

We’re halfway into the last year of the 2020–22 CPD triennium, so I’d like to remind all GP providers of focussed psychological strategies (FPS) of their requirement to complete one FPS CPD activity before 31 December 2022. This will ensure you remain compliant and registered with Services Australia (Medicare) into the next triennium. You can find FPS CPD activities accredited by the GPMHSC on our website.

Better Access review

As you may know, a review of the Better Access initiative is currently in progress. The evaluation will assess what improvements can be made so more people can seek the right support for their mental health. The Federal Government is working with the University of Melbourne as well as clinical advisory groups and stakeholder engagement groups, and we expect the evaluation to be completed in June 2022.

Finally, for GP providers of FPS, eye-movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) is now a recognised FPS intervention under Better Access. You can find more information at MBS online.

Assoc Prof Morton Rawlin
Chair, GPMHSC


For GPs

Are you a provider of FPS? Don’t forget to complete your FPS CPD requirements for this triennium

To maintain registration with Services Australia (Medicare) into the 2023–25 triennium, GP providers of FPS must complete at least one FPS CPD activity before 31 December 2022.

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Eligibility for the $600 FPS subsidy has changed

GPs who paid for the course prior to 1 August 2021 and completed the course after 1 August 2021 can now apply to receive a $600 subsidy for completing accredited FPS Skills Training (FPS ST).

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Coming soon: GPMHSC trauma-informed care resource hub

The GPMHSC is currently developing a trauma-informed care resource hub for GPs.

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Medicare items for eating disorders: Cheat sheet for GPs

In November 2020, the Federal Government introduced new MBS items for people living with anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders.

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National Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce Development Guidelines available now

​In December, the Mental Health Commission launched the National Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce Development Guidelines under Action 29 of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

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National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health Standards: Guide for service providers

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has produced a practical guide for service providers on to implement the National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health Standards (NSQDMH Standards) to improve safety.

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Phoenix Australia introduces the Disaster Mental Health Hub

Phoenix Australia has developed a new resource hub to provide information, resources and training for GPs and healthcare professionals who support people experiencing the mental health impacts of a disaster.

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Applications for the ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential are now open

Applications for the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Eating Disorder Credential are now open for mental health professionals and dietitians providing treatment for people with eating disorders.

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For Training Providers

New instructions on how GPs can update their provider number

Training providers need to ask GPs to update their provider number with the GPMHSC to report completion of Mental Health Skills Training (MHST) to Services Australia (Medicare).

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Coming soon: Accreditation process and consumer and carer webinars for training providers

The GPMHSC is currently developing two on-demand webinars for training providers – one on the GPMHSC accreditation process and one on incorporating the consumer and carer lived experience in training activities.

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New guide: An easy guide to how the Mental Health Skills Training process works

​We’ve developed an easy-to-understand, step-by-step guide on how the Mental Health Skills Training process works.

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Training and education

Conferences

16th National Rural Health Conference
Dates: 2–4 August 2022
Venue: Brisbane
Register now

Rural Medicine Australia 2022
Dates: 12–15 October 2022
Venue: Canberra (Ngunnawal Country)
Register now

GP22
Dates: 25–27 November 2022
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Register now
 

Free educational webinars

Infant and early childhood mental health: Exploring, assessing and formulating
Date: 12 May 2022
Time: 7.00–8.30 pm (AEST)
Venue: Online
Register now

Breaking down depression
Date: 20 May 2022
Time: 7.00–8.00 pm (AEST)
Venue: Online
Register now

Infant and early childhood mental health: Developing a plan with the family
Date: 23 June 2022
Time: 7.00–8.30 pm (AEST)
Venue: Online
Register now
 

Spotlight on accredited mental health education

MHST online courses

Mental Health Skills Training with a focus on youth mental health (Primary pathway)
Dates: Until 31 December 2022
Provider: gplearning
Duration: 8.5 hours
Venue: Online

ThinkGP: Mental Health Skills Training (Modular pathway – core module)
Dates: Until 31 December 2022
Provider: ThinkGP
Duration: 6 hours
Venue: Online

A GP framework for child mental health assessment (5–12 years) (Modular pathway – clinical enhancement module)
Dates: Until 31 December 2022
Provider: Emerging Minds
Duration: 6 hours
Venue: Online

MHST face-to-face workshops

Depression dilemmas
Date: 21 May 2022
Provider: Black Dog Institute
Duration: 6 hours
Venue: Traralgon, Victoria

Dealing with depression in rural Australia
Dates: 20 May 2022 and 23 June 2022
Provider: Black Dog Institute
Duration: 6 hours
Venue: Dubbo and Wagga Wagga, NSW

FPS Skills Training online courses and face-to-face workshops

Accessible FPS ST
Dates: 23 May – 26 August 2022, 11 July – 14 October 2022
Provider: RACGP Rural                                  
Duration: 25 hours
Venue: Online

Clinical training in cognitive behavioural therapy: FPS ST package (modules 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6)
Dates: 22–27 August and 28 November – 3 December 2022
Provider: Alstefken Pty Ltd (T/A the College of Medical Hypnosis)
Duration: 42 hours
Venue: Westmead, NSW

ASPM GP psychological medicine training workshop (FPS ST)
Dates:  6-7 August 2022
Provider: Australian Society for Psychological Medicine
Duration: 20.5 hours
Venue: Online

ABC of CBT: Skills for GPs
Dates: 4 June 2022 and 1 October 2022
Provider: Black Dog Institute                                          
Duration: 20 hours
Venue: Northam and Geraldton, WA

FPS CPD courses

Comprehensive treatment of adults impacted by trauma, including evidence-based trauma-focused therapies
Dates: 4 June, 19 June, 30 July, 13 Aug 2022
Provider: Dr Cate Howell and colleagues
Duration: 6 hours
Venue: Various

FPS CPD case-based discussions
Dates: Until 31 December 2022
Provider: RACGP Rural
Duration: 7 hours
Venue: Online

eMHPrac Accredited online learning modules (six-part series)
Dates: Until 31 December 2022
Provider: Black Dog Institute
Duration: 6 hours
Venue: Online