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PTSD: Trauma & Stressor Related Disorders
Build on the foundations of mental health by focusing on the clinical application of post-traumatic stress disorder support.
Gain an introduction to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and learn comprehensive criteria to identify PTSD symptoms and provide treatments such as psychological therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. Explore other health conditions that may contribute to PTSD, with learnings from a patient and carer perspective, plus a patient interview role play.
- This module is the second of two modules in the MHST modular pathway.
- Practitioners completing this Clinical Enhancement Module and a Core Module are eligible to claim MBS item numbers.*
- Prepared and delivered by GPs with a special interest in mental health, and reviewed by mental health professionals.
- This course is for registrars, medical doctors and International Medical Graduates.
- This course is CPD accredited, university-reviewed, evidence-based, demonstrates best practice, and is regularly updated.
* Please note, PTSD is not on the list of mental illnesses applicable under the Better Access initiative. However, this disorder is covered when patients present with comorbidity of an applicable mental health disorder, such as generalised anxiety or depression.
- Increase your Medicare billings, as completion of this course plus a Core Module will enable you to meet requirements for mental health MBS recognition.
- Help tackle the burden of PTSD in Australia, where 5.7% of people have experienced PTSD in the last year and 10.7% have experienced it in their lifetime.
- Meet patient demand, as people talk to their GP about mental health more than any other issue and the majority of mental health services in Australia are delivered by GPs.
- As the first point of contact for people with mental health issues, become a trusted conduit between your patients and effective mental health support to help save lives.
PTSD: Trauma & stressor related disorders
This course outlines the history and origins of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The different DSM-V diagnostic criteria of PTSD are included and each criteria is discussed in detail. The keys to diagnosis of PTSD and treatment options including psychological treatments, medications and lifestyle measures are described. Self-help and managing other co-morbidities are included. A case study is presented to reinforce learning. The course includes information about MBS numbers for GPs and non-VR who have completed their Mental Health Skills Training. Information on local services and resources including E-mental health program options are discussed. The course concludes with alternate treatment options that may have the potential to assist with the treatment of PTSD.
- Identifying and managing treatment for PTSD in general practice
- Developing GP mental health treatment plans for PTSD
- Providing ongoing mental healthcare
- Identifying services and resources to safeguard patient safety
- Mental health interviews revision
- Other health conditions that contribute to PTSD
- Patient interview role play
Did you know you can also study most of these course modules in HealthCert 365?
If you're not interested in pursuing a full certificate in this field but simply want to enhance your skills in specific topics covered in this course, you can access the content of this and other courses for a full year at the time-limited price of $795 (saving $200)!*
Lecturer, Curtin Medical School
Dr Joe Kosterich is a general practitioner, speaker, author, media presenter and health industry consultant. He writes for numerous medical and mainstream publications and is a regular on radio and television. He is often called to give opinions in medico legal cases, is clinical editor of a medical magazine, adjunct professor (teaching) at UWA and a lecturer at Curtin Medical School.
Dr Kosterich has a special interest in medicinal cannabis, men’s health, chronic disease and mental health. He has self-published two books and maintains a website and blog with health information and commentary. Through all this, Dr Kosterich continues to see patients as a GP each week.
Dr Anoop Jalota is an experienced GP with international experience. He practises in Wollongong, since moving there from New Zealand, he is currently the Cluster Leader for the Central Illawarra area.
Study at your own pace and to your own schedule.
- View and replay video lectures at your convenience.
- Participate in online case discussions with your peers.
- Participate in a live tutorial and ask questions.
- Access additional learning resources and reference materials.
- Complete your assessment online and receive your CPD hours and certificate.
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Pre- and post-course information
The Clinical Enhancement Module of Mental Health Skills Training: PTSD – Trauma & Stressor Related Disorders is for medical practitioners who wish to manage mental health to improve patient outcomes, building on the foundations of mental health by focusing on post traumatic stress disorder mental health clinical application.
This course is for physicians only. There are no prerequisites unless undertaking the Modular Pathway for Mental Health Skills Training. In this case the prerequisite is the Core Module of Mental Health Skills Training.
Participants will require access to a computer/laptop, an internet connection and a basic level of technology proficiency to access and navigate the online learning portal.
Recognised prior learning (RPL)
Professionally recognised qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course if the learning outcomes match exactly. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.
Upon successful completion of the exam, course participants will receive a certificate in Clinical Enhancement Module of Mental Health Skills Training: PTSD – Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders, and CPD hours.
This Clinical Enhancement Module:
- Is reviewed by Griffith University in compliance with RACGP/ACRRM standards.
- Is accredited by the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) as a clinical enhancement module in mental health skills training program.
- Is accredited by the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) as an ongoing professional development course for mental health skills training program.
- Qualifies for CPD hours from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
- Qualifies for CPD hours from the Australian Council of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
- Meets World Federation of Medical Education standards.
- Is recognised by Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). The RNZCGP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Peer review and audit are compulsory.
- Is a self-submitted activity in Dubai. The number of CPD hours must be stated on the certificate. Please contact PLD@dhcr.gov.ae for more information.
- Is a self-submitted activity in the UK. CPD events overseas, applicable to a doctor’s scope of practice, may be submitted for revalidation. Please confirm with your Responsible Officer.
- Is a self-submitted activity in Canada through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
- Has been independently developed with subject specialists and does not receive education grants from any pharmaceutical company.
Professional Diploma Pathway
HealthCert offers a Professional Diploma pathway in Mental Health. The pathway is: Professional Certificate of Mental Health, Advanced Certificate of Mental Health (coming soon), Professional Diploma of Mental Health (coming soon).
This Clinical Enhancement Module provides RPL into other HealthCert qualifications, including the Professional Certificate of Mental Health, thereby reducing the time and cost to complete the next qualification.
Other courses in Mental Health
This module is recognised by GPMHSC as a Clinical Enhancement Module of the modular Mental Health Skills Training. Once this Clinical Enhancement Module and a GPMHST-approved Core Module are completed, Australian physicians will be eligible for Medicare billing rebates for mental health skills training. For practitioners who are working towards qualifying for the MBS rebates for mental health, HealthCert offers the Mental Health Skills Training: Core Module to qualify for Medicare rebates. Completing this Clinical Enhancement Module + the Core Module qualifies doctors for MBS items 2715 and 2717 (or equivalent item numbers for non-VR GPs).
Postgraduate pathway for Mental Health
Graduates of the HealthCert Professional Diploma of Mental Health (coming soon) qualify for a scholarship into the Masters of Applied Clinical Psychiatry. These are online course from the UK designed for medical practitioners. Please contact our UK partner directly regarding this scholarship: https://www.diploma-msc.com/s/healthcert
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Frequently asked questions
What are the costs and payment options of the course?
Fees will vary based on the program and study option selected (fully online vs online + optional practical workshop). Payments can be made upfront or in monthly instalments. Special rates and various payment options are available. GP registrars and doctors in training enjoy a scholarship of up to $500. Talk to us to learn more.
What is the Alumni Support Program?
Completion of any HealthCert course or attendance at an event will enable you to access the HealthCert Alumni Program which includes:
- Access to special alumni rates for new courses when they are released.
- Special alumni price for HealthCert Conferences.
- Exclusive advanced access to HealthCert events.
- Regular Alumni Webinars pertaining to the course(s) you have attended. These will provide content review of the course and an opportunity to discuss case studies.
- Access to the video lectures as seen during the course(s) that you have attended.
How will I receive my certificate?
HealthCert Education is pleased to issue digital credentials for alumni. Digital credentials are a permanent online record of your successful completion of a HealthCert course and are issued to all course participants in addition to PDF certificates. If you are based in Australia, you also have the option to order a hard copy of your digital certificate for a small additional fee.
Is this course recognised in my country?
All HealthCert courses meet World Federation of Medical Education standards. This certificate course qualifies for CPD hours from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian Council of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) in Australia, and is accredited by the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC). It is recognised by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) in New Zealand. It is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP) in China. It is a self-submitted activity in Dubai and the United Kingdom. It is a self-submitted activity through the College of Family Physicians in Canada. If you live or work outside one of the above-mentioned countries, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss whether this course can be recognised in your country.
How long will the course take to complete?
The recommended study duration of this certificate course is 12.5 hours, which includes study of the pre-course activities and readings, online lectures, live tutorials, and online assessment. This self-paced course offers the flexibility of 100% online study in your own time, at your own pace, in your own home or office, with no mandatory face-to-face requirements. You are not required to be online at specific times but can view and replay video lectures at your convenience.
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