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Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and GPs through Medicare Benefits Schedule initiative - Professional Development

What it does

Focused Psychological Strategies Skills training

Funding was provided to the Royal Australian College of GPs (RACGP) to facilitate Focused Psychological Strategies Skills training with particular emphasis on rural and remote areas.

Mental health networks and webinars

The Mental Health Professionals Network Ltd (MHPN) supports local networks of mental health professionals to promote shared and collaborative referral and treatment strategies to communities across Australia.

The MHPN also hosts a series of Webinars on specific mental health conditions.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) training

The Australian Psychological Society Ltd, in association with Occupational Therapy Australia and the Australian Association of Social Workers, has developed an online CBT training module with a primary focus on rural and remote practitioners.

What it achieves

These training initiatives support educational activities that help maintain, develop or increase professional skills, with the goal that medical professionals can provide better health care.

Want more info?

Email: betteraccess@health.gov.au

Mental health training modules

Go to Thinkgp website>

Focused Psychological Strategies Skills training

Go to RACGP website>

Mental health networks and webinars

Go to the MHPN website>

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) training

Go to Australian Psychological Society website>