The Clinical Enhancement Module of Mental Health Skills Training: PTSD – Trauma & Stressor Related Disorders introduces post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and includes comprehensive criteria to identify PTSD symptoms and provide treatments such as psychological treatments, medications and lifestyle changes. Practitioners are educated about other health conditions that may contribute to PTSD, with learnings from a patient and carer perspective, plus a patient interview role play.
This course is ideal for medical practitioners who wish to manage mental health to improve patient outcomes. It builds on the foundations of mental health by focusing on PTSD mental health clinical application. The course is delivered by GPs with a special interest in mental health and reviewed by mental health professionals.
A feature of this module is interviews from a carer and patient perspective. These interviews demonstrate what was and wasn’t helpful during experiences managing their mental health journeys. Diagnostic criteria and case studies feature throughout the course.
This module is the second module in the two-module MHST modular pathway. The MHST modular pathway is designed for more experienced GPs who assess, treat and manage complex mental health issues in their practices. Practitioners completing the Core Module and this Clinical Enhancement Module will be eligible to claim MBS item numbers. Please note, obsessive compulsive disorder and PTSD are not on the list of mental illnesses applicable under the Better Access initiative – see pages 4 and 5 of the Mental Health Training Standards 2020–22: A guide for training providers. However, these disorders can be covered in the training if they are addressed in patients who present with comorbidity of an applicable mental health disorder, such as generalised anxiety or depression.
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 do not have to pass an IELTS test but, as the courses are delivered in English, proficiency in listening, reading and writing English is assumed.
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.
Course participants will:
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Dr Joe Kosterich
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
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.
Clinical Enhancement Module of Mental Health Skills Training: PTSD – Trauma & Stressor Related Disorders is fully delivered online. Participants can enjoy the flexibility to study at their own pace, in their own time, within their home or office, and on their favourite mobile device. The modules are set up in such a way that participants are not required to be online at specific times but can view and replay the video lectures at their convenience.
The webinars offer the opportunity to join and interact with the presenters online in real-time but can also be viewed later. There are no face-to-face requirements for exams which can be conveniently completed online within three months of the exam opening date. With no travel, accommodation or out-of-office expenses incurred, participants can build critical skills and tailor their career while working in a busy practice or raising a family.
There is one module in this course. The course includes online presentations from experts in the field followed by patient case discussions and decision-making. There is a final webinar prior to examinations. You will also receive valuable 12 months' web-based support from the speakers and participate in regular online learning sessions with the opportunity to ask any questions you might have as you implement your learning.
The course includes:
In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes two online examinations.
The knowledge-based examination is worth 50 per cent and the application-based examination is worth 50 per cent. The overall pass mark is 80 per cent. It is therefore not possible to pass this course on knowledge alone. Knowledge must be successfully applied to patient cases in order to pass the course.
HealthCert recommends completion of the assessment at your convenience within three months of enrolling in the online course.
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. Please contact us for more information.
This course is recognised by GPMHSC as a Clinical Enhancement module of the modular Mental Health Skills Training. For practitioners who are working towards qualifying for the MBS rebates for mental health, HealthCert offers a Mental Health Skills Training Core Module to complete the modular pathway and qualify for mental health MBS numbers. The course is also recognised towards the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Mental Health.
This Clinical Enhancement: