Depression is a common condition frequently managed in primary care. Identifying and managing depression in a rural context presents a unique set of challenges for health professionals providing mental health care in their communities.
Dealing with Depression in Rural Australia is a highly interactive, multidisciplinary program developed specifically to address the needs of clinicians delivering health care for people presenting with depression in a rural setting.
Using a case-based problem solving format, the program outlines a practical framework for assessment and management planning readily applicable to primary care.
• 40 RACGP QI&CPD Category 1 Points
• 30 ACCRM PRPD
• Mental Health Skills Training (GPMHSC)
• 6 Hours CPD (psychologists)
Completion of predisposing activity
Counsellors;GP Registrars;GPs;Multi-disciplinary;Psychologists;Social Workers
Topic 1: Assessment & Diagnosis
Topic 2: Management
• Differentiate between the differing sub-types of clinical depression
• Recognise the contribution of biological, social and psychological factors to the current depressive episode
• Assess and manage risk in the depressed patient
• Select pharmacological treatment best suited to the individual patient
• Develop a comprehensive mental health treatment plan derived from the formulation of the depressive episode