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WEBINAR Training – Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) for Mental Healthcare

Thu 15th December @ 6:00 pm

Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) invites local GPs, Nurses, Mental Health Professionals and their relevant staff to this workshop for Initial Assessment Referral in Mental Health care.

The National IAR Guidance and IAR-DST were developed by the Australian Department of Health and is designed to provide:

– Advice relating to initial assessment and intake (the eight domains).
– A description of evidence-based services by level of intensity (the five levels of care).
– Criteria to assist with matching an individual to a level of care that is most likely to meet the individual’s treatment needs and recovery goals (the IAR-DST).

The training will focus on
1. Introduction to Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) and the development of the National Guidance.
2. Orientation to the domains, levels of care, and decision support tool.
3. Clinical judgement and supported decision-making.
4. Application of the IAR in assessment and intake settings (practical activity using a scenario).

Part of the workshop is a live practice community where participants engage in practical activity focusing on applying the IAR decision support tool to the prepared scenario. It is a requirement that you read the vignette scenario prior to the workshop, which will be emailed prior to you prior to the workshop.

General Practitioners are eligible for a reimbursement payment of $300.00 exc GST for their successful completion of training*
*Limit and exclusions apply – there is a capped amount of funding available for GPs to receive reimbursement.
*GPs must NOT be primarily working in an organisation who currently receive Commonwealth funding – e.g. headspace sites and Aboriginal Medical Centres

NOTE: There are multiple dates and times available, see registration links under ‘program’

Thu 15th December

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Date Time Register
1 Tue 15 Nov 6pm – 8pm Click here
2 Fri 18 Nov 12pm – 2pm Click here
3 Mon 21 Nov 4pm – 6pm Click here
4 Thur 24 Nov 6pm – 8pm Click here
5 Tue 29 Nov 12pm – 2pm Click here
6 Thur 1 Dec 4pm – 6pm Click here
7 Wed 7 Dec 6pm – 8pm Click here
8 Fri 9 Dec 12pm – 2pm Click here
9 Tue 13 Dec 4pm – 6pm Click here
10 Thur 15 Dec 6pm – 8pm Click here


This education is a 4 Point CPD Activity under the RACGP CPD Program, activity number 376253


Local General Practitioners (including GP Registrars), Primary Care Nurses, and Health Professionals working within mental healthcare practicing in the Northern Sydney Region

  • Participants are familiar with the principles underpinning the national approach to stepped care.
  • Participants have an awareness of and confidence in the IAR development process.
  • Participants can apply the IAR Guidance in practice settings, using the domains and the decision support tool to generate a recommended level of care.
  • Participants understand the levels of care and can determine regional services matched against the levels of care.
  • Participants understand the principles related to clinical decision making and consumer choice and can practice following these principles using supported decision-making strategies.


For more information about this training, contact Lisa Romano lromano@snhn.org.au or phone 0403 912 082

Click here to register online

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