Mental health: Managing the double whammy of mental/physical comorbidity - Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine


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This RACGP-accredited 1.5-hour Category 2 program supports general practitioners (GPs) in monitoring and managing physical comorbidities in people with serious mental illness (SMI). GPs will gain a better understanding of the prevalence and impact of physical disease in this patient population. The program aims to ensure that GPs are well equipped to conduct appropriate and timely screening and monitoring of patients to prevent the development of physical comorbidities. GPs will be challenged to be assertive in implementing best-practice primary care management of patients with SMI, including implementing routine cardiometabolic screening, effectively managing polypharmacy, and promoting patient engagement and self-care.

This online CME event is an Accredited Distance/Remote based education module as defined by the Professional Development Program of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. ACRRM member participation and information will be noted and sent directly to the ACRRM for accreditation processing. Please allow 30 days for ACRRM to send you your points. This activity is approved for 4.00 PRPD Points.

Professor Tim Lambert
Professor and Chair, Psychiatry, Concord Clinical School, The University of Sydney
Director, Collaborative Centre for Cardiometabolic Health in Psychosis (ccCHiP),
Sydney Local Health District, Sydney

Simon Cowap
General Practitioner, Alexandria, Sydney

On completion of this program, participants will be better able to:

  1. Identify the risks contributing to the life expectancy gap experienced by people with serious mental illness.
  2. Understand the importance of different psychotropic medications in the development of physical comorbidities, predominately metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  3. Conduct appropriate monitoring of patients with serious mental illness to identify and prevent the development of related physical comorbidities.
  4. Confidently manage the physical consequences of serious mental illness, optimising pharmacological treatment and intervening to reduce other risk factors for disease in this population.

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