In Practice: mental health training

Morgan Liotta

9/12/2021 11:01:11 AM

Eligible GPs who complete Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training will receive a subsidy and have the chance to provide their feedback.

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GPs and GPs in training can benefit from a new mental health training subsidy.

This week’s In Practice round up also includes the first Practice Owners Masterclass kicking off in early 2022, and how members can better shape their experience through providing valuable feedback.
Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training subsidy
Eligible GPs can now submit an application to receive a $600 subsidy for completing accredited Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training (FPS ST).

To be considered eligible for the FPS ST subsidy, GPs must:

  • currently be working as a GP or GP in training in Australia
  • enrol in and pay for accredited FPS ST after 1 August 2021
  • successfully complete the requirements of the accredited FPS ST after 1 August 2021
  • be registered as a GP provider of FPS with Services Australia (Medicare) after 1 August 2021.
The General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) encourages all GPs to apply, particularly GPs in training and those working in rural and remote MMM 3–7 locations.

More information about the training subsidy and eligibility criteria is available on the GPMHSC website, or via the GPMHSC Secretariat.
Feedback on mental health training and education
The GPMHSC is also inviting GPs to complete a short survey on mental health training and education.
Feedback collected from the survey will guide the GPMHSC to understand preferences in the way training and education is delivered, as well as the requirements for continuing professional development (CPD) in mental health.
The information from the survey will also help improve the Mental health training standards 2020–22: A guide for general practitioners for the 2023–25 CPD triennium.
Complete the survey online.
Infection prevention and control standards update
The RACGP is updating the Infection prevention and control standards for general practices and other office-based and community-based practices in 2022, ensuring the guidance provided reflects current evidence and best practice.
A technical working group will develop the updated resource and a draft will be provided to members and stakeholders for feedback. 
The college is seeking member feedback on the current resource, in particular its content, level of detail and format. More information on the update and how to be involved is available on the RACGP consultations page
RACGP Practice Owners Masterclass: 2022 roadshow
The college is launching the first Practice Owners Masterclass in Brisbane in February, as part of 10 roadshows across the country in 2022.
Each Practice Owners Masterclass is a one-day interactive workshop built around an existing clinic case study of two GP owners, with the aim to walk through the development of a successful business and strategic plan.
With limited spaces, each educational workshop is a CPD Accredited Activity eligible for 40 CPD points.
The first masterclass is set for Saturday 19 February in Brisbane.
Register online.
The newly released White Book update
The fifth edition of Abuse and violence: Working with our patients in general practice (White Book) is now available.
The White Book offers health practitioners evidence-based guidance on appropriate identification and response in clinical practice to patients experiencing abuse and violence.
All chapters have been updated with the latest evidence on abuse and violence, most of which occurs within the family or by someone the victim/survivor knows.
The new edition of the White Book has been expanded to include six new chapters:
  • Supporting men who experience intimate partner abuse and violence
  • Trauma-informed care in general practice
  • Adolescent-to-parent violence
  • Dating violence and technology-facilitated abuse
  • LGBTIQA+ family abuse and violence
  • Intimate partner abuse and violence − education and training for healthcare professionals
Seeking feedback on member insurance
The RACGP is aiming to understand how to best tailor insurance-related benefits to members.
To help the college shape the benefits experience, members are invited to provide their input and insight on the important process by completing an eight-minute survey.
Log in below to join the conversation.

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