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Brief Interventions for Mental Health

Duration of the course: 90mins
Ideal for: Doctors
Track: Clinical

About The Course


What can you do in under 30 minutes to help people cope?
Duration: 90mins
Accreditation: Allocated 3 RACGP points Activity 221463 | Allocated 1 ACRRM point Activity 20930

Mental health consultations form a large part of general practice work. This is even more so amidst the Covid-19 pandemic when access to face to face consultations may be more limited than usual. We usually only have relatively short consultation times of 15 minutes, or if we know it is going to be a mental health related consultation, perhaps 30 minutes. On the upside
we have the opportunity to see the patient over time, to know their family and understand the context in which their symptoms have developed.

Other than a formulaic mental health plan, a referral and a prescription, what can we do that may help? How will we fit this in to the confines of general practice consultations? What can we suggest until the counselling appointment comes around?

This case based discussion with Dr Louise Stone and Dr Nicola Holmes will provide information and expert comments on what is possible and what may help people cope with difficult symptoms in difficult circumstances.

CPD Points

  • Allocated 3 RACGP points Activity 221463
  • Allocated 1 ACRRM point Activity 20930

What you will learn

  • Educate patients about the effects of acute and longer-term traumas such as the Covid-19 pandemic on their mental health.
  • Provide timely and effective treatment of mental health concerns within the time constraints of a general practice consultation.
  • Implement behavioural and psychological strategies to assist patients to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • Assist patients to understand the different evidence based psychological approaches that can be used to treat more enduring or significant symptoms of mental health.

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Course Instructor

Dr Jenni Parsons
Dr Jenni Parsons GP & Clinical Educator, Cape Institute

Jenni is an experienced GP who has worked in rural areas of Victoria and also as a locum GP in remote parts of Australia over the last decade. She worked for 10 years as the medical editor of Australian Family Physician (now Australian Journal of General Practice) and has over 20 years experience in Medical Education including teaching and supervising medical students and GP registrars, curriculum development with MCCC GP education and peer education. She has interests in mental health and in clinician health and wellbeing.

Dr Louise Stone
Dr Louise Stone Clinical Associate Professor ANU Medical School

Louise Stone is a GP and medical educator with a clinical, teaching, research and policy interest in mental health. She has provided mental health courses across Australia, face to face and online and is keen to explore methods of developing effective communities of practice without the tyranny of distance. Louise was a Senior Medical Advisor for the Australian GP Training program from 2007-2017. She has also had national roles in mental health standards and curriculum, research capacity development and ethics. Louise contributes to community education across a variety of media and practices as a GP clinician in Canberra, with advanced skills in complex mental health care.

Dr Nicola Holmes
Dr Nicola Holmes General Practitioner

Dr Nicola Holmes is a Coffs Harbour based GP with a strong interest in improving the metal health and wellbeing of fellow practitioners and the local community.