08 May 2024

SWSPHN is providing free, on-site training and ongoing support to equip GPs in South Western Sydney with the skills to more effectively refer patients to mental health services.

The Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) Decision Support Tool (DST), an initiative of the Department of Health and Aged Care, is a nationally-consistent, evidence-based and objective approach to initial assessment and referral of patients seeking mental health support.

All federally-funded mental health services will soon be using the IAR-DST, standardising how referrals are made and making it less likely your referrals will be refused.

If you want to ensure you’re prepared for the change, we can help.

Contact SWSPHN Workforce Development Officer Brendan Chiew (pictured) at brendan.chiew@swsphn.com.au or by calling 9896 9540 for more information or to arrange IAR-DST training for GPs at your practice.

In addition to on-site training, training will be held at sites across the region in 2024. The next workshop will be held on Tuesday, 11 June from 7pm to 9.30pm at Holiday Inn, 355 Hume Highway, Warwick Farm.

Register here

A $300 once-off incentive payment is available per GP and CPD hours apply.

Find out more about IAR-DST