In Practice: Mental health training subsidy extended

Matt Woodley

21/07/2022 7:39:02 PM

GPs can access subsidised Focussed Psychological Strategies training until 30 June 2023, valued at $600.

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Eligible GPs will be refunded $600 upon successful completion of accredited Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training, once provider status is confirmed.

This week’s edition of In Practice also includes opportunities for peer group learning, skills training in skin cancer, a host of clinical and professional webinars, and training on how to better utilise the RACGP library.
Focussed Psychological Strategies training subsidy extended
The General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) is pleased to announce that the FPS training subsidy has been extended until 30 June 2023.
The subsidy covers part of the cost of completing accredited Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training (FPS ST). Eligible GPs will be refunded $600 upon successful completion of FPS ST and once provider status is confirmed by Services Australia (Medicare).
Email the GPMHSC Secretariat for more information on the FPS training subsidy, including eligibility criteria and how to apply.
Peer group learning for RACGP Specific Interest groups
With the end of the CPD triennium (2020–22) approaching, GPs are invited to learn about how to structure a peer group learning (PGL) activity or an evidence-based medicine journal club (EBMJC), with RACGP Specific Interests colleagues.
Date: Wednesday 27 July, 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm (AEST)
What will be covered? 

  • How to structure the meetings
  • Best practice facilitation methods and how to extend individual skills by facilitating sessions
  • Real-life examples of how GPs have run these activities in the past 
Presented by:
  • Dr Lara Roeske - Chair of RACGP Specific Interests
  • Dr Cathy Andronis - Chair of RACGPSI Psychological Medicine
  • Dr Hester Wilson - Chair of RACGPSI Addiction Medicine 
Register online.
What to consider when choosing a billing model
Webinar: Wednesday 27 July, 7.00 – 8.30 pm (AEST)
Bulk-billing rates remain high despite the chronic underfunding of general practice by successive governments.
The presenters of this Q&A session will speak about the strategies they employ to let patients know about their billing policy, and the benefits of introducing fees where feasible.
This webinar is a follow-up session to the March webinar presented by Adjunct Professor Karen Price and Dr Emil Djakic on introducing mixed billing in your practice.
Register online.
Clinical skills in skin cancer
This practical webinar series is designed to build the confidence of GPs in detecting and treating cancers.
The two-part series will focus on developing core competencies in skin, especially for new GPs and early career fellows. It will also explore common types of skin cancers, as well as the ability to successfully diagnose and manage common skin cancers.
At these interactive sessions, participants will be encouraged to ask questions and discuss examples that they will encounter in practice.
Webinar 1: Wednesday 3 August, 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm (AEST)
Foundations and introduction to dermoscopy for GPs in Training (GPiT) and early career Fellows.
Register online.
Webinar 2: Wednesday 21 September, 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm (AEST)
Diagnosis and management of non-melanoma skin cancer and melanoma for GPiT and early career Fellows.
Register online.
Pivoting to the perpetrator: How to engage with patients who use domestic and family violence workshop
Introduction workshop (Part 1): Wednesday, 27 July 7.00 – 8.30pm (AEST)
Advanced Workshop (Part 2): Wednesday, 19 October 7.00 – 8.30pm (AEST)
This workshop series is designed to help GPs and other primary care providers to enhance their knowledge and confidence to safely engage with people who use domestic and family violence.
Presented by University of Melbourne GP Dr Deepthi Iyer, and Head of Workforce Development at No to Violence, Tori Cooke, the session will discuss how to:
  • identify when violence is occurring
  • sensitively ask and respond to disclosures and
  • encourage patients to seek help appropriately.
GPs can attain 3 CPD points for attending either session (Intro or Advanced), or alternatively, approval for 40 CPD points has been applied for GPs attending both Part 1 and 2 sessions (three hours) plus pre and post activity (1–2 hours).
For more information and to register visit the Safer Families website.
Enquiries can be sent to
New MBS phone items for COVID-19 antivirals
Two new temporary MBS items have been introduced to support medical practitioners with treating COVID-positive patients.
Items 93716 (for GPs) and 93717 (for other medical practitioners) are available to assess a patient’s suitability to receive a prescription for a COVID-19 oral antiviral treatment via a telehealth phone consultation lasting at least 20 minutes for GPs and 25 minutes for OMPs.
The items are temporary and will be available from 19 July until 31 October.
The new items are for eligible Medicare patients nationally who have confirmed their COVID-19 infection via a laboratory test (PCR) or by a rapid antigen test.
Visit MBS Online for more information.
RACGP library training and support
Want to know how to use the library’s services and resources? One-on-one training and support sessions are available for members.
Sessions, delivered via Zoom, are available for a range of purposes, including:
  • how to use library databases, ebooks and decision support tools
  • library website navigation
  • how to conduct a literature search – using a topic of interest or a research question.
Contact the library to arrange a session.
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