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5 November 2018

Message from the Chair


In the last few months, the GPMHSC has been busy promoting mental health education and accreditation at various general practice conferences. These have included the Primary Health Network (PHN) conference in Mackay, the General Practice Training and Education Conference in Adelaide, GP18 on the Gold Coast and Rural Medicine Australia 18 in Darwin. The GPMHSC will also exhibit at the General Practice Conference Exhibition (GPCE) in Melbourne on Friday to Sunday 16–18 November 2018.

The GPMHSC's new introductory video was promoted during World Mental Health Month in October. This provided us with the opportunity to connect to the broader community and highlight the importance we place on our role of supporting GPs in delivering high-quality mental health services.

As we move into the second half of the 2017–19 triennium, the GPMHSC is beginning work towards the review of the Mental Health Training Standards. The key to this review is the engagement of important stakeholders, including GPs and accredited training providers. The review will also include a comprehensive evaluation of existing educational frameworks to ensure that GPs continue to receive high-quality, evidence-based training in mental health. The new Mental Health Training Standards 2020–22 for GPs and training providers is anticipated for release late 2019. We will keep you updated on the latest developments during the review process.

As we head towards the end of another successful and productive year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and healthy holiday season. The GPMHSC looks forward to working collaboratively with all our stakeholders in 2019.

Assoc Prof Morton Rawlin

For GPs

Maintaining your FPS eligibility – An important reminder

Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) providers are reminded to schedule an FPS continuing professional development (CPD) activity before Monday 31 December 2019.


New Productivity Commission Inquiry to shine a light on mental health

The Australian Government will establish a Productivity Commission Inquiry into the role of mental health in the Australian economy and the best ways to support and improve national mental wellbeing.


New resource to guide the provision of services to people with mental disorders

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has recently published the fourth edition of Evidence-based psychological interventions in the treatment of mental disorders: A review of literature.


Mental health continues to be the most common reason patients visit their GP

Psychological issues, such as depression, mood disorders and anxiety, remain the most common reason patients are visiting their GP.


Self-care and mental health resources for GPs

General practice is recognised as a rewarding and fulfilling career; however, by its very nature, can be stressful and at times challenging.


National apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse

In late October 2018, the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, delivered the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse at Parliament House in Canberra.


For Training Providers

Medicare reporting requirements

A reminder that provider numbers must be provided to the GPMHSC to report completions of Mental Health Skills Training (MHST) to Medicare by GPs.


Developing MHST courses that prepare GPs to respond to mental health issues

The MHST primary pathway (formerly Level 1 Mental Health Training) is entry-level training in mental health for GPs with limited mental healthcare experience.


Meeting dates for the remainder of 2018

Training providers are encouraged to submit their application by the last draft training application due date on Wednesday 21 November 2018.


Update your 2019 session dates for mental health training courses

To find out more about updating session dates for mental health training and education, please contact your relevant QI&CPD state faculty.



What's coming up?

Mental health roadshow by Cystic Fibrosis Australia


Saturday 10 November 2018

80 Dodds Street, Southbank VIC

More information

An introduction to mindfulness and meditation: Four-week course


Tuesday 13 November to Tuesday 4 December 2018

14 Weld Street, South Hobart TAS

More information

MindFit Founders


Wednesday 14 November 2018

155 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD

More information

General Practice Conference and Exhibition (GPCE) Melbourne 2018


Friday to Sunday 16–18 November 2018

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne VIC

More information

Spotlight on accredited training (until the end of December)


GPCE – Mental Health Skills Training

Friday to Sunday 16–18 November – Melbourne

Delivered by Reed Medical Education.

Perinatal in practice

Saturday 17 November– Randwick

Delivered by Black Dog Institute.

Clinical course in hypnosis: Modules 1–6

Monday 26 November 2018 – North Parramatta

Delivered by the College of Medical Hypnosis.

Mental Health Skills Training with a focus on youth mental health

Delivered online until Tuesday 31 December 2019.

Via gplearning

Mental Health CPD


Online self-care for doctors

Delivered online until Tuesday 31 December 2019.

Delivered by Black Dog Institute

Keeping families and children in mind

Delivered online until Tuesday 31 December 2019.

Delivered by Emerging Minds

Mood disorders course online: Medical approaches

Delivered online until Tuesday 31 December 2019.

Delivered by The University of Sydney – Discipline of Psychiatry at Westmead Clinical School

Anxiety: Rethinking the options. Educational visit

Available until Tuesday 31 December 2019.

Delivered by National Prescribing Service Ltd



Clinical course in hypnosis: Modules 1–6

Monday 26 November 2018 – North Parramatta

Delivered by the College of Medical Hypnosis.



One-day mental health module – The assessment, treatment and review of a person with a phobia

Sunday 2 December 2018

Delivered by The College of Medical Hypnosis.

Cognitive behavioural therapy skills for general practice

Delivered online until Tuesday 24 December 2019.

By RACGP Rural

e-Mental health in general practice ALM: eMHPrac accredited online learning modules

Delivered online until Tuesday 24 December 2019.

Delivered by Black Dog Institute