GP Clinical Enhancement Module: Youth mental health

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This education is accredited: RACGP 6 CPD, ACRRM 6 CME PD.

If you are an Australian GP, you are able to access the additional mental health MBS item numbers (2715 and 2717) by completing the Mental Health Skills Training (Modular Pathway), which requires both a Mental Health Skills Training Core Module and this Clinical Enhancement Module to be completed.

Welcome to the headspace Clinical Enhancement Module:Youth Mental Health.

This clinical enhancement module consists of five sequential parts. Each part will take approximately one hour to complete:
  • Part 1: Engaging and assessing young people*
  • Part 2: Laura, aged 14
  • Part 3: Laura, now aged 16
  • Part 4: Melanie, aged 18
  • Part 5: Jamal, aged 20

Learning Objectives

  • Identify ways to improve the engagement of young people, including the discussion of confidentiality, to improve treatment adherence and long term treatment success.
  • Assess, monitor and manage anxiety-related disorders, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder and Psychosis.
  • Implement appropriate Mental Health Screening tools to help formulate evidence-based care plans for young people and recognise the impact a mental health disorder diagnosis may have on a young person.
  • Discuss how to ensure young people's safety by developing appropriate referral pathways and being aware of the indications for referral for specialist services.
  • Discuss appropriate treatment options, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
  • Identify and understand the need for family to be involved in the treatment process, including when and how to incorporate these support networks with the permission of the young person.
  • Recognise the need to alter treatment to cater for young people from diverse backgrounds, including the need for culturally appropriate care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and effective engagement techniques for young people who identify as LGBTIQ.

*In this module, a young person is defined as a person aged between 12 and 25 years.

Any GP who is not registered with the RACGP or ACRRM and has successfully completed all components of the accredited MHST can apply to the GPMHSC for individual recognition of learning. Please email the GPMHSC at for further information.

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Clinical Enhancement Module: Youth Mental Health - predisposing activity
Clinical Enhancement Module: Introduction to the GPMHSC
Clinical Enhancement Module: Youth Mental Health - Part 1
Clinical Enhancement Module: Youth Mental Health - Part 2
Clinical Enhancement Module: Youth Mental Health - Part 3
Clinical Enhancement Module: Youth Mental Health - Part 4
Clinical Enhancement Module: Youth Mental Health - Part 5
Clinical Enhancement Module: Youth Mental Health - reinforcing activity
Clinical Enhancement Module: Youth Mental Health - evaluation