The program aims to help general practitioners develop confidence in relating to teenagers, understanding their issues and distinguishing those who are experiencing normal adolescent difficulties from those with a clinical mood disorder. GPs will be provided with a comprehensive grounding in recognising, assessing and managing depression in adolescents.
The program uses case based learning to demonstrate a practical clinically applicable approach to identifying and managing adolescent depression. The program details risk assessment in adolescence, comprehensive management planning and considerations involved in managing confidentiality, carer involvement and prescribing medication for this specific population.
• 40 RACGP QI&CPD Category 1
• 30 ACRRM PRPD
• Approved by the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) for Mental Health Skills Training (MHST)
Completion of predisposing activity
GP Registrars, GPs
Topic 1: Understanding and Engaging Adolescents
Topic 2: Diagnosing Adolescent Depression
Topic 3: Assessing and Managing Risk
Topic 4: Managing Adolescent Depression
Topic 5: Putting it all Together
• Incorporate specific adolescent friendly practices both within a consultation and at a practice level.
• Distinguish the changes inherent to adolescence from presentations of adolescent depression.
• Undertake a comprehensive risk assessment including risk of suicide, self harm and risk taking behaviours for every adolescent presenting with psychological distress.
• Adopt a multifaceted approach to the management of adolescent depression suited to the wider context of the adolescent.
• Define the role of pharmacological treatment in adolescent depression using a risk benefit approach to prescribing.