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4 February 2019

Message from the Chair

As we move into the final year of the 2017–19 triennium, I would like to remind all current GP providers of Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) of their mandatory requirement to complete at least one FPS continuing professional development (CPD) activity before 31 December 2019. This will ensure that you remain compliant and registered with Medicare Australia into the next triennium. You can find a number of FPS CPD activities accredited by the GPMHSC in this e-newsletter.


I am pleased to announce that as of 1 November 2018, appropriately trained GPs and non-specialist medical practitioners are now able to provide FPS via telehealth under Medicare in rural and remote areas. The GPMHSC has worked hard to advocate for changes to the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) Better Access Initiative in the past few years by actively contributing to a number of key submissions. This means that Medicare-registered GP providers of FPS can now claim specific MBS items for the provision of mental health services in regional, rural and remote Australia. More information on the new telehealth items is available on the Department of Health website.

A reminder to all training providers that the 2019 GPMHSC Committee meeting dates are now available online. This is a great opportunity to develop new mental health training activities – programs that receive GPMHSC accreditation can be rolled out until the end of the year. An integral component of GPMHSC-accredited training is the inclusion of lived experience from both the mental health consumer and carers. Additional resources on how to incorporate consumer and carer representatives into mental health training is available in this e-newsletter. 

Assoc Prof Morton Rawlin


For GPs

Invitation to participate in research

Participants required for a clinical trial of online clinician-guided cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for panic disorders and agoraphobia.


Invitation to share your insights and experiences in treating mental health in general practice

Share your experiences and insights on treating mental health conditions in the general practice setting.


Infant and child mental health – 2018 research highlights

A summary of systematic reviews and meta-analyses related to infant and child mental health.


New research on the needs of Australians living with personality disorder

A research report on understanding how best to respond to the needs of Australians living with personality disorder.


Healthy Minds program to support young Australians

A trial designed to prevent and reduce the risk of depression, anxiety and eating disorders.


New RANZCP clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of panic and anxiety disorders

RANZCP has recently published new clinical guidelines for the treatment of panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and generalised anxiety disorder.


Maintaining your FPS eligibility – An important reminder

GP providers of FPS are reminded to schedule an FPS CPD activity before Tuesday 31 December 2019.


For Training Providers

Update your 2019 session dates for mental health training courses

Update session dates and activity location details on the RACGP Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development dashboard.


Incorporating the consumer and carer perspective in mental health training

The objective of this project is to provide advice on ways to support people with mental health by safely and effectively participating in consumer and carer engagements.


Medicare reporting requirements reminder

Provider numbers must be provided to the GPMHSC to report completions of MHST by GP to Medicare



What's coming up?

Youth mental health in the digital age


Thursday 7 February 2019
30 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC

More information

Community mental health systems: Human rights and services


Thursday 28 February – Friday 1 March 2019
68 Market Street, Sydney NSW

More information

5th International Medicine in Addiction (iMiA) Conference 2019


Friday to Sunday 1–3 March 2019
1 Convention Place, South Wharf VIC

More information

National Rural Health Conference 2019


Sunday to Wednesday 24–27 March 2019
1 Davey Street, Hobart TAS

More information

Spotlight on accredited training (until the end of May)


Perinatal in practice

Saturday 30 March 2019 – Melbourne

Delivered by Black Dog Institute

MHST primary pathway

Saturday 30 March 2019 – Brisbane

Delivered by Checkup

MHST 2017–19

Friday 12 April 2019 – Darwin

Delivered by Northern Territory General Practice Education Limited

Clinical course in hypnosis: Modules 1–6

Monday 29 April to Saturday 4 May 2019 – North Parramatta

Delivered by the College of Medical Hypnosis

MHST with a focus on youth mental health

Delivered online until Tuesday 31 December 2019

Via gplearning


Mental health CPD

Eating disorders: Early intervention and community treatments

Saturday 16 February 2019 – Collingwood

Delivered by Eating Disorders Victoria

Bipolar and addiction seminar

Saturday 23 February 2019 – Castle Hill

Delivered by Healthscope Limited

Advanced training in suicide prevention

Saturday 2 March 2019 – Ulverstone

Saturday 16 March 2019 – Adelaide

Delivered by Black Dog Institute

Introduction to young adult health

Monday 8 April 2019 – South Brisbane

Delivered by Mater Education



Interpersonal therapy in practice

Friday to Sunday 8–10 March 2019 – Sydney

Wednesday and Thursday 29–30 May 2019 – Brisbane

Delivered by Dr Cate Howell and Colleagues

Clinical course in hypnosis: Modules 1–6

Monday 29 April to Saturday 4 May 2019 – North Parramatta

Delivered by the College of Medical Hypnosis



Focussed Psychological Strategies CPD – A case-based masterclass

Wednesday 13 February 2019 – via teleconference

By RACGP Tasmania

Managing bipolar disorder

Saturday 9 March 2019 – Randwick

Delivered by Black Dog Institute

Cognitive behavioural therapy skills for general practice

Delivered online until Tuesday 24 December 2019

By RACGP Rural

‘Let’s talk about children’ eLearning course

Delivered online until Tuesday 31 December 2019

By Emerging Minds

Mood disorders’ course online: Psychological approaches

Delivered online until Tuesday 31 December 2019

By The University of Sydney – Discipline of Psychiatry At Westmead Clinical School

Keeping families and children in mind

Delivered online until Tuesday 31 December 2019

By Emerging Minds

‘Anxiety disorders’ course online: The treatments

Delivered online until Tuesday 31 December 2019

By The University of Sydney – Discipline of Psychiatry At Westmead Clinical School