Accreditation for posts is through the RACGP Training Post Standards Committee and is for a period of 3 years.
Approved training post can be either 6 or 12 months.
Trainees are expected to take on the roles and responsibilities of a junior registrar.
Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of mental health work, a range of people and agencies should be accessed to adequately teach this advanced rural skills training. This could include psychiatrists, psychologists, other GPs with experience in the field, accredited counsellors in particular fields, mental health workers, social workers, consumer groups and resource people with particular areas of expertise.
In general, each trainee will have 2 supervisors, one mental health specialist and one rural GP supervisor.
One to one teaching should occur in the course of the training. Trainees should be encouraged to attend any educational sessions or programs offered to other staff.
Trainees are expected to take responsibility for directing their own learning in the negotiated topics while engaged in unit activities.
Trainees are required to maintain clinical diaries/log books which should be regularly reviewed with their supervisor.
The topic list provided is a guide to the areas of practice which should be considered for inclusion in the training programs. The determination of topic coverage should be negotiated between the trainee and their supervisors.
1. Acute presentations
Note: A comprehensive ARSP curriculum statement and a learning plan proforma can be obtained by contacting the Program Coordinator on 02 4968 6753 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The assessment should be conducted primarily by the supervisors appointed at the beginning of the training. Formative assessment is via weekly discussion between trainee and supervisor including review of the trainee’s clinical diary/log books and monitoring progress against the curriculum.
Assessment of trainee’s response to various case scenarios should also be assessed over the course of the training post.
It is recommended that videotaping of counselling sessions and peer review occur on a regular basis.
Summative assessment is to be performed towards the end of the training period. This includes the completion of a training report jointly by the supervisors. Training report is based on:
1. Unit attachment report