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13 May 2024

Message from Chair

Hello from the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC), and welcome to the autumn edition of our newsletter.

As 2024 continues, it’s imperative to acknowledge the significant impact mental health is having on all Australians. Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us, we acknowledge that it has exacerbated existing mental health challenges, leading to increased stress, anxiety, and depression among individuals across the country. Isolation, financial strain, and uncertainty have taken a toll on the mental well-being of many Australians, highlighting the need for easy access to primary care to provide support.

However, Australian GPs are facing burnout from increasing patient demand, and we encourage all GPs to stop and take a breath. GP selfcare is paramount, because without GPs the entire mental health care system will suffer. Support is available through the RACGP GP Support Program and DRS4DRS, as well as other resources found here, and at Lifeline on 13 11 14.

The GPMHSC will continue to advocate for GPs, including for adequate funding and resources to support GP practices, as well as initiatives to address workforce challenges such as recruitment and retention.

Assoc Prof Morton Rawlin

For GPs

BeyondGP awarded FPS ST grant to develop Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) activity

BeyondGP have been awarded the first training provider grant of 2024, to develop a Focussed Psychological Strategies skills training activity on the topic of ADHD.


$600 Focussed Psychological Strategies Subsidy – AVAILABLE!

Focussed Psychological Strategies skills training.


FPS CPD Compliance – 6 hours required

Do you still need to complete your FPS CPD for the triennium?


The Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Eating Disorder Credentialling

With support from the Department of Health and Aged Care, the Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) is proudly expanding the ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential to GPs to enhance the effectiveness and consistency of care for eating disorders in Australia.


Australian Society of Psychological Medicine membership

The Australian Society for Psychological Medicine (ASPM) aims to connect, train, and support medical practitioners in the complex work of caring for the whole person through trauma-informed, strengths focused and culturally respectful approaches.


Interpersonal Therapy with Dr Cate Howell

Focussed psychological strategies drawn from Interpersonal Therapy can greatly assist understanding of the interaction of mental health symptoms with relationship issues (psychoeducation) and how to manage interpersonal conflict or sensitivities (such as communication challenges).


For Training Providers

1 x $15,000 and 2 x $5,000 training provider grants for face to face FPS ST available

In order to increase the number of online and face to face FPS ST activities in the GPMHSC suite, we are giving away several training provider grants in 2024.


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.


Incorporating the consumer and carer perspective in mental health training

The involvement of consumers and carers in Mental Health Skills Training (MHST) and FPS Skills Training (ST) provides GPs with the opportunity to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the recovery journey, including common barriers faced by consumers and carers.


Training and education


GPCE Sydney
Dates: 24–26 May 2024
Venue: Sydney, Australia          
Register now

Rural Mental Health Conference
Dates: 6–8 November 2024
Venue: Cairns, QLD
Register now


Free educational webinars

La Trobe University: Wellness and social inclusion
Date/time: 8 May 2024, 1 – 2pm
Venue: Online
View now

Supporting the mental health of a neurodivergent person with co-occurring Autism and ADHD
Date/time: 26 June 2024, 7:15pm
Venue: Online
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Identifying and treating panic disorder
Date/time: On demand
Venue: Online
View now

Spotlight on accredited mental health education

MHST online and face-to-face courses

Mental Health Skills Training: focus on anxiety disorders
Date: 26 April 2023 – 15 December 2025
Provider: Dr Cate Howell Mental Health Education & Wellbeing
Duration: 6 hours
Venue: Online

Deadly Mental Health Skills Training
Date: 13 March 2023 – Sun 31 December 2025
Provider: Carbal Medical Services
Duration: 9.5 hours
Venue: QLD or Zoom

Dealing with Depression
Date: 25 May 2024
Provider: Black Dog Institute
Duration: 6 hours
Venue: Randwick, NSW

FPS ST online courses and face-to-face workshops

ASPM Focused Psychological Strategies Skills Training
Date: Until 17 November 2024
Provider: Australia Society of Psychological Medicine
Duration: 21 hours
Venue: Blended

Clinical training in CBT – Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training (FPS ST) package (Modules 1,2,4&5)

Date: 1 Apr 2023 – 31 Dec 2025
Provider: Alstefken Pty Ltd
Duration: 30 hours
Venue: Blended

Focused Psychological Strategies Skill Training (FPS - ST) Course for General Practitioners
Date: Online – Self paced
Provider: Psych Scene Pty Ltd
Duration: 26 hours
Venue: Blended

Focussed Psychological Strategies CPD

Dealing with Anxiety Disorders
Date: Until 15 June 2024
Provider: Black Dog Institute
Duration: Eight hours
Venue: Randwick, NSW

Trauma treatment in adults: a comprehensive, evidence-based workshop (FPS-CPD)
Date: Until 22 September 2024
Provider: Dr Cate Howell Mental Health Education and Wellbeing
Duration: Six hours
Venue: Online

Professional Peer Reflection Group: Eating Disorders
Date: Virtual
Provider: Australian Society of Psychological Medicine
Duration: 7.5 hours
Venue: Online