e-Mental Health in Practice
e-Mental Health in Practice (eMHPrac) is a suite of online training modules, webinars and resources designed to introduce GPs to online programs and tools, and to demonstrate how these tools and technologies can be integrated into primary care.
Online programs and tools that are evidence-based and Australian-developed provide accessible and effective treatment for patients with mild to moderate anxiety and depression.
e-Mental Health in Practice (eMHPrac) is a Commonwealth Government-funded initiative that aims to get GPs familiar with online programs and tools to encourage them to utilise these resources in the primary care of their patients.
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e-Mental health treatment programs are an appropriate treatment option for many patients and, in some cases, may be the only treatment that a patient requires.
Australia is moving towards a stepped care model of mental health treatment where the needs of each patient are matched with the intensity of care they receive.
All GPs need to know about evidence-based, low-intensity, Australian-made, online treatment programs, most of which are available at no cost.
Engaging high-impact training and resources are available free of charge to help upskill GPs and increase their knowledge of e-mental health.
GPs can access:
- an accredited 6-module online learning program (including an ALM)
- accredited webinars
- the eMHPrac online community (a closed online community where GPs can discuss mental health issues with like-minded practitioners).
If you require further information about eMHPrac, please contact us at eMHPrac@blackdog.org.au.
e-Mental health webinars
The eMHPrac webinars provide practical case studies and explore the use of evidence-based online resources in general practice. The webinars are accredited by the RACGP and ACRRM.
Webinars increase GP familiarity with e-mental health resources and confidence in incorporating the resources into patient care.
GPs can participate in live events or watch pre-recorded webinars on demand.
Online learning modules
The eMHPrac online learning modules increase GP familiarity and confidence with prescribing evidence-based resources. The modules are accredited by the RACGP and ACRRM.
Our eLearning series is made up of 6 x 1-hour online learning modules. Completion of the full ALM (all 6 modules) provides RACGP ALM 40 Cat 1 QI&CPD points and/or ACRRM 30 PRPD points.
Completed individually each module provides RACGP Cat 2 QI&CPD points and pro-rata ACRRM points.
'This has been the best online learning exercise I have ever done and superbly constructed. Well done and just what I have been looking for. Already in use.'
The aim of the series is to improve the availability of mental health treatment in Australia. The 6-part series helps GPs to:
- understand what e-mental health means
- explain to patients the evidence supporting the use of e-mental health
- recognise appropriate patients for e-mental health referral
- develop strategies/processes for implementing e-Mental Health in Practice
- provide follow-up to these patients.
The eMHPrac community is a closed, online community for GPs that integrates education and knowledge sharing activities.
Here GPs can access:
- moderated discussion forums
- blog posts
- useful links and resources
- online accredited training activities.
Within the community, you'll find blog posts on a range of topics relevant to e-mental health. Recent blog posts include the place of self-care for GPs, strategies for overcoming technical barriers to e-mental health access, depression in general practice and coverage of online mental health assessment tools.
What GPs are saying about the online community:
'I am incredibly impressed with the credentials of my peers on this network and excited at the possibility of connecting with others with a passion for mental health issues.'
'Having access to free quality education in the form of eLearning modules, expert opinion blogs and live/recorded webinars, such as those found in the eMHPrac Community, is of great advantage to health professionals trying to navigate their way through the burgeoning field of e-Mental Health.'
e-Mental health resources, including clinical guidelines and fact sheets, support GPs to implement e-mental health in their practices and effectively recommend e-mental health treatment programs to appropriate patients.
e-Mental health programs
Use the below links to access information about a number of e-mental health programs.
e-Mental health explainer videos
This reference list provides details of published papers and results supporting e-mental health
Andersson, G. & Cuijpers, P. (2009). Internet-Based and Other Computerized Psychological Treatments for Adult Depression: A Meta-Analysis, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 38:4, 196-205, DOI: 10.1080/16506070903318960. Read more.
Andrews G, Cuijpers P, Craske MG, McEvoy P, Titov N (2010) Computer Therapy for the Anxiety and Depressive Disorders Is Effective, Acceptable and Practical Health Care: A Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 5(10): e13196. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013196. Read more.
Andersson, G. & Hedman, E. (2013) Effectiveness of Guided Internet-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Regular Clinical Settings. Verhaltenstherapie. 23:140-148. Read more.
Cuijpers, P., Isaac M., Marks, I.M., van Straten, A., Cavanagh, K., Gega, L. & Andersson, G. (2009). Computer‐Aided Psychotherapy for Anxiety Disorders: A Meta‐Analytic Review, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 38:2, 66-82, DOI: 10.1080/16506070802694776. Read more.
Griffiths, K.M., Farrer, L., & Christensen, H. The efficacy of internet interventions for depression and anxiety disorders: a review of randomised controlled trials. MJA 2010; 192: S4–S11. Read more.
Hedman, H., Ljótsson, B., & Lindefors, N. (2012). Cognitive behavior therapy via the Internet: a systematic review of applications, clinical efficacy and cost effectiveness. Expert Rev. Pharmacoecon. Outcomes Res. 12(6), 745-764. Read more.
Anxiety Online. Klein B, Meyer D, Austin DW, Kyrios M. Anxiety Online—A Virtual Clinic: Preliminary Outcomes Following Completion of Five Fully Automated Treatment Programs for Anxiety Disorders and Symptoms. J Med Internet Res 2011;13(4):e89. Read more.
myCompass: Proudfoot, J., Clarke, J., Birch, M., Whitton, A.E., Parker, G., Manicavasagar, V., Harrison, V., Christensen, H., and Hadzi-Pavlovic, D. Impact of a mobile phone and web program on symptom and functional outcomes for people with mild to-moderate depression, anxiety and stress: a randomised controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:312. Read more.
Reynolds J, Griffiths KM, Cunningham JA, Bennett K, Bennett A. Clinical Practice Models for the Use of E-Mental Health Resources in Primary Health Care by Health Professionals and Peer Workers: A Conceptual Framework. JMIR Mental Health 2015;2(1):e6. Read more.
Spek, V., Cuijper, P., Nyklick, I., Riper, H., Keyzer, J., & Pop, V. (2007). Internet-based cognitive behaviour therapy for symptoms of depression and anxiety: a meta-analysis. Psychological Medicine, 37, 319–328. Read more.