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Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) for Mental Healthcare Training


We are delivering workshops about the Initial Assessment and Referral-Decision Support Tool (IAR-DST) – A mental health initiative developed by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care. The training is focussed on using the online Decision Support Tool (DST), a standardised and evidence-based mental health support tool designed to guide clinical judgement for mental healthcare. GPs and other providers from our region are invited to participate in training to learn about, embed and utilise IAR and the DST. Our IAR Training and Support Officer will facilitate both workshops.

A one-off $300 (GST exclusive) payment is available for GPs only who complete IAR-DST training. RACGP CPD and ACRRM hours apply.

Workshop 1 - Pre-recorded Webinar

  • Introduction and learning outcomes
  • IAR background
  • Initial Assessment Domains
  • Introduction to the online DST

Accessing Workshop 1

Workshop 1 is a 30 minute pre-recorded webinar that participants complete in their own time on Your Practice Portal.

To access Workshop 1:

Workshop 1 must be completed prior to attendance at Workshop 2.

Workshop 2 - Live Webinar

  • Using the online DST
  • Practical activity
  • Discussion and reflection from groups
  • Check-in, supported decision-making, care preferences, care type
  • Overview of adaptations for different population groups

Interactive webinar

Workshop 2 is a 90-minute live interactive webinar facilitated by our IAR Training and Support Officer. In this webinar, you can engage in group discussion, undertake practical activities through a case study, and engage in a question and answer session with the group and our IAR Training and Support Officer.


To register for Workshop 2, choose from the dates below and complete the form. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with more details on how to complete the pre-recorded Workshop 1 webinar.

Thursday, 18 July 2024 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm  Register
Tuesday, 23 July 2024 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm Register 
Thurday, 1 August 2024 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm  Register
Tuesday, 6 August 2024 at 6:30pm - 8:00pm Register
Saturday, 10 August 2024 at 11:30am - 1:00pm Register
Thursday, 15 August 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm Register
Thursday, 29 August 2024 at 6:30pm - 8:00pm Register

For any enquiries, contact Penny Mills - Primary Care Training and Support Officer via email or on 4708 8100.