For General Practitioners

Ways to increase knowledge in the depression and suicide prevention areas

  1. "Identification of Suicide Risk in General Practice"
    Read meOnline learning modules developed as an outcome of the Lishman Health Foundation’s collaborative suicide prevention project with Edith Cowan University.  GPs are in a unique position to identify clinically salient factors and warning signs in patients and provide treatment and relief.  Modules were updated in 2020 with RACGP accreditation until 2023. 
    (40 CPD points: Activity Number 186493).

  2. "Identifying and Treating Depression in Primary Care – The essential role of GPs in the Alliance Against Depression".
    Read me A training video created by WAPHA with Dr Rock and Dr Geoff Riley and adopted by the Rural Clinic School of WA, as a new training resource for GPs in Western Australia.  The 45-minute video lecture is a collaboration between WA Primary Health Alliance and Dr Geoff Riley, Professor of Rural and Remote Medicine and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UWA Medical School.  Presenters Dr Daniel Rock and Dr Geoff Riley draw on their extensive knowledge and experience to deliver a contemporary perspective on how to effectively identify and manage the depressed patient in primary care and why this is so important in the treatment of depression and prevention of suicide.  Dr Rock presents some of the context and evidence on depression and multi-morbidity in our population. He also introduces the principles of the Alliance Against Depression (AAD) an approach recognised as the world’s best practice for the care of people with depression and in the prevention of suicide.  It is a community led and GP-centric model.  Further information on the Alliance Against Depression framework is available here or by contacting the AAD Coordination Centre on (08) 9212 9524
    (This video qualifies as self-directed learning in a GP's professional development plan. )

  3. MindSpot GP
    MindSpot logo A digital mental health service designed to assist people across Western Australia access free, high quality mental health assessment and treatment.

    The team are dedicated to helping people aged 16+ years with mild-moderate symptoms of low mood, depression, stress, anxiety or substance use problems, who may be having difficulty accessing mental health care for reasons of finances or access.

    Their services use digital methods such as telephone, internet and post to help connect people with help across Western Australia and can connect people with face-to-face treatment.

    MindSpot is free with a referral from their GP or Health Professional.

    MindSpot is funded by the WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA).  All MindSpot services are FREE to Health Professionals and patients in WA.

  4. "eMHPrac Guide to Digital Mental Health Resources"
    The eMHPrac Guide provides a useful overview of various Australian online programs, apps, crisis helplines and information sites.  All listed programs have been developed by credible sources, such as the Australian Government, universities, and national non-government organisations.  The majority are free or low-cost.

    The eMHPrac Guide is reviewed and updated twice annually.  While the team endeavour to keep all information as up-to-date as possible, occasionally there may be out-of-date inclusions or omissions.  If you notice any listed programs or links that are no longer in service, please let them know via their contact form.

    For ease of use, the eMHPrac Guide is separated into the following sections:
    • Crisis Services
    • Services by Diagnosis (e.g. anxiety, depression, trauma)
    • Services by Specialist Target Group (e.g. child and youth, Indigenous, older adults)
    • Services by Organisation (e.g. school, workplace)
    • Services by Delivery Mode (e.g. apps, online programs, information websites)

We invite you to join the Busselton Dunsborough Alliance Against Depression (BDAAD)
as an Alliance Partner.  Want to know more about being an Alliance Partner?