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 - Open for registration

For General Practitioners
2021 Winter Series: Every Tuesday 7-8 pm from 13 July to 14 September 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.

Session Topics

Presentations by Mental Health Experts

Urgent Mental Health Assessment

Life Style Interventions for Depression

Psychotropic and Cardiometabolic Effects

Weight Gain & Mental Health

Drug & Alcohol Use in People with Enduring Mental Illness

Sleep Disorders & Mental Health

Diagnosis and Intervention for Personality Disorders in Primary Care Settings

Treatment Resistant Depression

Suicide Prevention Interventions

Treatment and Management Strategies for Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care Settings

Apply to Join

Submit a Case

For current participants only

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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

Dr Andrew McDonald Psychiatrist | Director of Clinical Services, Mental Health

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

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

Dr Lil Vrklevski Professional Senior Psychologist 

Mr Simon Tully Senior Social Worker 

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