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New guide on stepped-care model in general practice now available

It is essential that GPs are able to access and use other primary mental health care services, if the needs of all Australians are to be met. This includes the appropriate use of PHN stepped-care services, and ensuring that consumers and carers are able to access resources that will assist in recovery for individuals experiencing mental health issues.

Stepped care through general practice: A GPMHSC guide provides information on the stepped-care model and helps explain its implementation with a general practice setting to improve the provision of mental health care services. The guide is intended to encourage communication between general practice and PHNs, and promote the role of the GP in mental health shared care decision-making with carers and consumers.