Mental Health Skills Training (Primary Pathway)

CheckUP is pleased to provide a one day Mental Health Skills Training (MHST) program (Primary Pathway). GPs who complete this training will be able to claim MBS Item numbers 2715 and 2717 for the preparation of General Practice Mental Health Treatment Plans (GPMHTPs), as demonstrated in the following table:

MBS item description

GPs without MHST

GPs with MHST

GP MHTP (at least 20 mins)

$71.70 (item 2700)

$91.05 (item 2715)

GP MHTP (at least 40 mins)

$105.55 (item 2701)

$134.10 (item 2717)






This course is accredited by the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) as a MHST program and with:-

  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners - activity approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program.  40 Category 1 points (MH-ST) - (Activity: 5499) 2014-2016 Triennium
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine - 30 PRPD points.


Next workshop?

Our next workshop will be in 2017 - date yet to be finalised.   Please contact us if you are interested in putting your name on our waiting list.

What is this training about?

The workshop program is designed to be practical and interactive and to build on participant’s existing knowledge and skills. The first half of the program focuses on assessment, planning and review of the General Practice Mental Health Treatment Plan. The second half focuses on topics that will complement a general practitioner’s knowledge of managing patients who experience mental health issues including evidence based psychological interventions, psychopharmacology and physical health and mental illness. The workshop also includes a brief overview of the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) MBS items to support the co-morbid physical conditions that people with mental illness also experience. Concluding sessions reflect on the challenges of working with people suffering mental health issues and consideration of self-care as a busy health practitioner.

At the conclusion of the workshop participants will:-

  • Demonstrate increased skill in detecting and assessing common mental illnessess and preparing an evidence based General Practice Mental Health Treatment Plan (GPMHTP).
  • Demonstrate increased skill in undertaking progress reviews and developing relapse prevention strategies.
  • Demonstrate a greater understanding of practice systems and other issues that safeguard patient safety in providing mental health care.
  • Demonstrate a greater understanding of the experience of mental illness from the perspective of consumers and their families, friends and/or carers.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the MBS Item Numbers relating to provision of mental health care by a GP.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the local services and resources available to assist GPs in providing mental health care.
  • A component on physical and oral health is also included in the program.

Who should do this training?

The training program supports general practitioners to further develop and improve their skills preparing evidence based General Practice Mental Health Treatment Plans (GPMHTPs), monitoring and reviewing progress and referring patients to appropriate services.

How is it delivered?

The program consists of a minimum of six hours of face to face structured learning delivered by an experienced health professional (usually a registered psychologist or experienced mental health clinician). The program has been developed with a strong consumer and carer focus and  involves both a consumer and carer in the delivery.

This one day training is provided as an on demand opportunity. This flexible approach to scheduling is based on a wait list of enquiries from individuals or organisations specific to this course.


What previous participants have said…

  • Very good program with plenty of time for discussion and interactions.  It was very good to have the inclusion of the consumer and carer’s  perspective and their contributions to the program were most helpful and insightful.

  • Very good - especially run through of claims and how to do a mental health treatment plan

  • Exceeding expectations

  • I think the workshop has been absolutely excellent - very helpful and practical.