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Glossary of terms

Where appropriate, glossary definitions from external sources have been adapted to fit the context of the Mental health training standards 2023–25.

Term or phrase

GPMHSC definition

Accreditation The successful outcome of adjudication by the GPMHSC Committee.
Adjudication The process by which the GPMHSC Committee reviews a training provider’s application for accreditation of a course.
Better Access initiative An Australian Government initiative that gives Medicare rebates to eligible people so they can access mental health services from GPs, other medical practitioners, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists.2
Carer A person who provides, or has provided, ongoing personal care, support, advocacy and/or assistance to a person with a mental illness, in a non-professional role.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) A focused approach that is based on the concept that thoughts influence feelings and behaviours, and that subsequent behaviours and emotions can influence cognitions.3
Consumer A person who has personal experience of mental illness and of their recovery journey, and who has accessed mental health services.
Continuing professional development The means by which members of a profession maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal qualities required in their professional lives.4
Course content The educational content, specific to relevant learning outcomes, that training providers need to deliver in a course accredited by the GPMHSC.
Interpersonal therapy (IPT) A brief, structured approach that addresses interpersonal issues. The underlying assumption of IPT is that causes of depression and psychological distress can often be traced to aspects of the patient’s social functioning (relationships and social roles).3
Learning outcomes What learners or participants will be able to demonstrate after completing GPMHSC-accredited training.
Medicare Australia’s universal health insurance scheme. Also known as Services Australia (Medicare).
Mental disorder The term used by the Better Access initiative to refer to mental illness. See Mental illness.
Mental illness A clinically diagnosable disorder, subjectively experienced by a person, that significantly interferes with their cognitive, emotional or social abilities.5
Personal lived experience First-hand perspectives gained from experiences of mental health challenges, the use of services, diagnosis and recovery.6
Pre-adjudication The process by which the GPMHSC Secretariat reviews a training provider’s application for accreditation.
Predisposing component Mandatory educational component of a course that participants complete before the delivery of the course. Examples include reading articles and pre-course surveys.
Reinforcing component Mandatory educational component of a course that participants complete after the delivery of the course, which consolidates the participant’s learning. Examples include follow-up surveys and discussions on implemented changes or improvements in practice.
Skills training The specific knowledge, abilities, skills and attitudes required to access, manage and provide ongoing mental health care in the context of general practice, either through preparing General Practice Mental Health Treatment Plans (GP MHTPs) and/or providing FPS.
Structured interactive learning A highly interactive course (delivered face-to-face or via e-learning) that focuses on participant engagement and active learning.

Acronyms and initialisms



Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine


cognitive behavioural therapy


continuing professional development


focussed psychological strategies


Focussed Psychological Strategies Continuing Professional Development


Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training


general practitioner


General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration


General Practice Mental Health Treatment Plan


International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision
International Classification of Diseases, 11th Revision


interpersonal therapy


Medical Board of Australia


Medicare Benefits Schedule


Mental Health Continuing Professional Development


Mental Health Skills Training


Professional Development Program


The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners