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

Fri 3rd February @ 12:00 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 patient Mental Health care.

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

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.

This CPD activity 402583 approved under the RACGP 2023-2025 curriculum CPD Categories:
– Educational Activity 1.5 hours
– Reviewing Performance 0.5 hours

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

Fri 3rd February

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Date Time Register
1 Fri 3 Feb 12pm – 2pm Click here
2 Tue 7 Feb 9am – 11am Click here
3 Thur 9 Feb 2pm – 4pm Click here
4 Mon 13 Feb 12pm – 2pm Click here
5 Thu 16 Feb 7pm – 9pm Click here
6 Tue 21 Feb 7pm – 9pm Click here
7 Fri 24 Feb 9am – 11am Click here


This CPD activity 402583 approved under the RACGP 2023-2025 curriculum CPD Categories: Educational Activity 1.5 hours, Measuring Outcomes 0.5 hours


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

  • Describe the principles and advantages underpinning the national approach to stepped care.
  • Describe the benefits of using the IAR-DST and have confidence in the IAR development process
  • Implement the IAR Guidance in practice settings, using the domains and the decision support tool to generate a recommended level of care.
  • Determine the appropriate level of care and identify regional services suited to the required level
  • Interpret the principles related to clinical decision making and consumer choice and can practice following these principles using supported decision-making strategies
  • Demonstrate significant judgement to clinical decisions relating to risk identification and response


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

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