Mental health

Our Mental Health Disorders Training for Rural Practitioners course is delivered online throughout the year. This course offers you a unique approach to training in mental health disorders. The content was developed for you by leading general practitioners, mental health nurses, carers, consumers, psychiatrists and psychologists who are committed to mental health care and primary medical care.

The course addresses the skills required for effective treatment in mental health, and is focused around the three tasks of mental health care:

  • assessment
  • planning, and
  • review.


After successfully completing the course your attendance will be reported to the GPMHSC then Medicare, which should allow you access to Medicare item numbers 2715 and 2717. 

Professional Development Program
  • 20 Practice Reflective Professional Development (PRPD) points,  and

Aims and objectives

The course aims [more]

  • to increase the capacity of rural medical practitioners in mental health care
  • to increase the availability of rural medical practitioners trained in mental health for patients in rural and remote areas
  • to improve rural medical practitioners skill in educating patients about mental disorders, and
  • to develop networks of rural medical practitioners interested in mental health care who can offer peer support and discussion.

The course learning objectives [more]

  • assess a patient with depression, anxiety, or somatisation disorder
  • assess suicidal risk and institute appropriate preventive strategies on an individual and community level
  • describe a range of psychotherapeutic techniques appropriate for use in general practice
  • identify the issues and resources available for patients with physical or substance use comorbidity
  • identify formal and informal resources available locally and by distance for their patients and carers and families
  • apply mental health education resources for patients in an individualised way
  • acquire the knowledge to prepare mental health care plans for patients
  • help patients develop and institute a personal relapse prevention plan, and
  • develop an on-going learning plan to continue your mental health education.

View the full course brochure.


You can participate in our real-time virtual classroom from the comfort of your home or practice. The emphasis of the course is on interactive participation and reflective learning. There are six weekly sessions that consist of self directed activities, via our online learning platform - RRMEO, and peer discussions, hosted via virtual classroom. Assessment and evaluation will consist of a number of activities:

  • participation in five of the six virtual classroom sessions (at least two that are missed can be made up by watching the recording of the session)
  • completion of the Learner Needs and Expectation Survey
  • completion of the Barriers to Mental Health Care in the Rural Setting activity
  • completion of the reflective activity after each online session
  • completion of the Course Evaluation, and
  • participation in discussion forums.

System Requirements

To participate in ACRRM virtual classrooms via a Mac or Windows based computer:

  • install the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher for Windows (PC) or OSX (Mac)
  • use a headset / headphones with microphone
  • ensure a stable internet connection (preferably broadband)

To access a virtual classroom by iOS or Android mobile or tablet:

  • download the Blackboard Collaborate App from iTunes or Google Play
  • use headphones with microphone
  • ensure a stable internet connection (preferably broadband)

It is important to check that the computer or device, and the equipment is compatible with the Virtual Classroom portal used for these sessions prior to enrolling. To check the compatibility, and for further information, visit our Virtual classroom test page.

What it costs

Course fees must be paid at the time of registration in order to secure a place.

  • ACRRM member: $615 (inc GST)
  • Non-member: $836 (inc GST)


Dates Location Register Fees

Mon, 6 February –
Mon, 13 March 2017

Online Full Member: $615 (inc GST)
Non Member: $836 (inc GST)

Thurs, 2 March -
Thurs, 23 March 2017

Online Register Member: $615 (inc GST)
Non Member: $836 (inc GST)
Mon, 8 May -
Mon, 12 June 2017
Online Register Member: $615 (inc GST)
Non Member: $836 (inc GST)

Express interest

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