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The purpose of this guide

The Mental health training standards 2023–25: A guide for general practitioners is a document for GPs who wish to find out about:

  • the standards of mental health training and education that GPs must meet to be eligible to access general practice mental health care MBS item numbers under the Better Access initiative
  • what they should consider when selecting CPD in mental health so that their skills and knowledge in mental health are up to date and broad ranging.

Further GPMHSC information

You can find information about accredited courses in mental health at

Changes from the previous edition

Revised structure and format

  • This edition is shorter, and provides clearer and more concise information about the requirements of GP mental health training and education. For example:
    • the processes and procedures outlining the requirements of registering with Medicare have been streamlined
    • there is a concise list of recommended mental health topics you can refer to when searching for and selecting courses in mental health CPD and Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD.
  • This edition includes:
    • lists of useful resources throughout the document
    • a glossary that defines important and relevant terms and phrases as they are used in these standards.

Alignment with best practice in mental health care

  • After a review of the General Practice Mental Health Training Framework, these standards now more closely align with best practice when providing mental health care in general practice.

Revised learning outcomes for accredited training in mental health