General Mental Health (GMH) ECHO

Facts

  • Each year, approximately one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness.
  • It is estimated about 45% of Australians may experience mental illness at some point in their lives.
  • 80% of people with an enduring psychotic illness are diagnosed with at least one coexisting chronic physical health condition.


General Mental Health ECHO is designed to support primary care providers to build capacity in the treatment and management of people with severe and enduring mental illness. There is a focus on cardiometabolic risk and complex psychopharmacology. Through participation, clinicians can increase their confidence in applying evidence-based practice to improve the care of people living with mental illness.

Audience
We welcome all healthcare providers across NSW who support people with mental health conditions. GPs, practice nurses and allied health clinicians from the private sector are particularly encouraged to participate. 

ECHO Sessions

For all Priamry Healthcare Professionals
2021 Autumn Series: Every Tuesday 1-2 pm from 20 April to 22 June 2021 - Registration closed

For General Practitioners
2021 Spring Series: Every Tuesday 7-8 pm from 5 October to 7 December 2021 - Open for registration

  • Each ECHO series will run for 10 weeks.
  • Participants are expected to attend each weekly session for 1 hour. 
  • Participants are encouraged to contribute a case presentation during a series.
  • Participants who attend a minimum of 6 sessions will receive a certificate of attendance for CPD points. 
  • No cost to participate.

Please find more information on ECHO sessions here

Download the flyer for GMH ECHO here.

Autumn 2021 Session Topics

Date

Presentations by Mental Health Experts

20 April

Urgent Mental Health Assessment - Dr Lil Vrklevski

27 April

Life Style Interventions for Depression - Rebecca Lancaster

4 May

Diagnosis and Intervention for Personality Disorders in Primary Care Settings - Dr Beth Kotze

11 May

Weight Gain & Mental Health - Professor Ian Caterson

18 May

Treatment Resistant Depression - Dr Andrew McDonald

25 May

Sleep Disorders & Mental Health - Professor Nick Glozier

1 June

Drug & Alcohol Use in People with Enduring Mental Illness - Dr Vikash Balgobind

8 June

Psychotropics and Cardiometabolic Effects - Professor Tim Lambert

15 June

Suicide Prevention Interventions - Michael Cook

22 June

Treatment and Management Strategies for Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care Settings - Dr Kathleen Smith

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Contact Us

For general enquiries, please email:
SLHD-ECHO@health.nsw.gov.au

To contact the GMH ECHO coordinator, please email:
Andrew.Simpson1@health.nsw.gov.au

Meet the GMH ECHO Team

Mr Andrew Simpson Program Coordinator | Living Well Living Longer Program Manager, SLHD

Dr Andrew McDonald Psychiatrist | Acting Director, Mental Health Services, SLHD

Dr Kathleen Smith Psychiatrist | Collaborative Centre for Cardiometabolic Health in Psychosis, SLHD

Dr Beth Kotze Psychiatrist | Director of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, SLHD

Dr Lil Vrklevski Principal Clinical Psychologist | Director Psychology, SLHD

Mr Simon Tully Senior Social Worker, SLHD 

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