The Counselling College & the Health Colleges of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) have approved the courses for 42 Specialist PD points as well as the courses being approved for 42 Generalist PD points. An application is pending with the Clinical College.

Doctors who are members of the Australian College of Rural & remote Medicine (ACRRM) receive 30 Extended Skills & 30 Core Skills PDP points for course attendance.

Applicable for all courses:

I recommend that all professionals involved in psychotherapy or counselling read the 'Management of Mental Health Disorders volumes 1 & 2' which are available here via this website under the books section, or from the Anxiety Disorders Prevention Unit. This is one of the texts recommended with the General & Advanced courses. All general practitioners & Allied Health Professionals registered with Medicare can obtain the texts free from the Federal Department of Health by phoning 1800 066 247.

Approved by the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine for 30 Extended Skills Professional Devlopment (PD) points & for 30 Core Skills PD points.

Approved by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) for 6 Active Learning Modules, each worth 40 Category 1 points = 240 Category 1 CPD points for courses attended this 2008-2010 triennium. GP's need to acquire a minimum of 80 Category 1 points out of a total of 130 points. These are the 'harder' category or group of points to acquire. The points contribute toward the required total of 130 Category 1 and Category 2 points. GP's can acquire either Category 1 or Category 2 points to make up their total of 130 points provided that they have a minimum of 80 Category 1 points within the total. These courses constitute most of the mandatory training requirements for general practitioners (GPs) for the triennium (CPR points are also required).

The RACGP membership free call line is 1800 331 626.

Approved by the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) for Levels 1 and Level 2 mental health training for GPs to register to use the mental health Medicare item numbers when they deliver specific counselling consultations termed Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS). Please see www.racgp.org.au and go to QA & CPD, and then to Mental Health Standards Collaboration. Once a GP has successfully completed a course they should apply to the GPMHSC to become registered with Medicare to use the mental health item numbers. GP's can obtain more information about their requirements from the GPMHSC by speaking with Ms Jaci Lowry or Ms Bianca Bell on (03) 9214 1576 or contact your local division.

I recommend that all GP's obtain a free copy of the book 'A Manual of Mental Health Care in General Practice' by Dr John Davies, which contains the Mini Mental State Examination. GPs will need this as a part of their assessment for the formulation of mental health plans, Medicare item number 2710.I reccomend that they also complete the 3 Step Mental Health Process, although this is no longer a mandatory requirement as it was for the previous use of mental health plans by level 2 credentialled GPs (which finished at the end of April 2007). The book is excellent reading and is a minimum for counselling. The appendix on 'self hypnosis' at the end of the text contains anything but self hypnosis however, it is more a form of trance induction. GPS should call The Federal Department of Health on 1800 066 247 to obtain this text & the texts "The Management of Mental Health Disorders 1 & 2" mentioned above. The 3 texts mentioned here are free from The Department of Health for GPs. GPs can ask for the "Mental Health Resources Kit", or if there are no kits available, the texts can be ordered separately.

Approved by the APS for 42 Generalist or Specialist Professional Development (CPD) points. The Health & Counselling Colleges of the APS have endorsed the course.

Approved by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) for double credit points = 96 PD points for AASW members.

Approved by OT Australia for Occupational Therapists who are members of The Australian Association of Occupational Therapists for 12 PD points.

Psychiatrists can record 48 credit hours for these courses for MOPS.

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Australian Association of Social WorkersAustralian College of Mental Health NursesRACGP QI&CPD PointsANZCA - Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetistsacrrm Australian College of Rural and Remote MedicineAustralian College of MidwivesGPMHSC Accredited ActivityThe College of Nursing CPD hoursapna endorsed 2016