Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent of all mental disorders, affecting around 1 in 7 Australians, with approximately 14% of Australians being affected by an anxiety disorder in any 12-month period. The impact and cost associated with anxiety disorders is very high, both for the sufferer, the community and society at large. Although effective psychological and pharmacological treatments are available for anxiety disorders, recent research indicates anxiety disorders remain under-recognised in primary care, with the majority of sufferers not receiving adequate treatment.
The Discipline of Psychiatry's new short course Anxiety Disorders for GP: Managing Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care has been designed specifically for General Practitioners. It is a one-day training course aimed at providing additional skills for the use of medications as well as focus on psychological approaches useful in the treatment of patients with anxiety disorders.
On completion of the course, participants should be able to:
1. Discuss the symptoms, prevalence, and burden of anxiety disorders
2. Develop imaginal and in vivo exposure hierarchies for feared situations
3. Identify and challenge cognitive distortions common to anxiety disorders
4. Design a behavioural experiment to test an anxious cognition
5. Systematically appraise the basis for the selection of particular treatment approaches to anxiety disorders
6. Identify appropriate medications to complement cognitive-behavioural treatments for anxiety disorders
For more information, visit http://cce.sydney.edu.au/course/adgp or call +61 2 8999 9608.
Contact course coordinator Richard He if you have any questions.