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Sleep disturbance

Sleep disturbance and insomnia are common problems seen in primary care. Many patients with sleep difficulties have underlying physical or psychological issues that need to be addressed, but in a large proportion no health based cause can be found. Whatever the initial reason for development of disturbed sleep it can be distressing and even disabling, and it can evolve to become the main problem in people’s lives.

The advent of effective and apparently side effect free hypnotics has been a boon for short term management of sleep disturbance, but long-term use can create significant problems with side effects, dependence, tolerance and continuing poor sleep quality.

In this webinar

  • Dr Vincent McCauley, a medical sleep expert whose PhD research about respiratory control during sleep contributed to the development of CPAP for obstructive sleep apnoea, will briefly discuss the physiology of normal sleep.
  • We will review the impact of medications and other substances including alcohol on sleep quality and daytime well-being.
  • Our panel, consisting of a clinical psychologist and an experienced GP, will discuss the ways in which sleep problems presenting to primary care practitioners can be managed using non-pharmacological strategies.
  • We will take a close look at some of the available online resources that practitioners and patients can use to help manage sleep difficulties

e-Mental Health

To participate in this webinar, GPs need to have some level of familiarity with e-Mental Health. This can be gained by:

The webinar series

The webinar series examines some of the online mental health treatment programs that GPs and Allied Health Workers need to know about, focusing on evidence-based programs that have been developed in Australia. The evidence around the efficacy and usefulness of different programs will be discussed along with practical aspects of using the programs.

Summary:

  • e-Mental Health programs are a useful adjunct to mental health treatment in primary care
  • there is good evidence that patient outcomes improve with the use of e-Mental Health programs
  • a variety of locally-developed e-Mental Health programs are available
  • GPs need to be familiar with the programs their patients are using and be able to recommend the use of these programs appropriately.

Audience

GPs and GP registrars, psychologists and allied mental health practitioners, in fact, any health professional with an interest in improving outcomes for patients with mental health conditions.

Participants in each webinar are eligible for 2 QI&CPD Points and 2 Core ACRRM points. Certificates of completion can be provided for other health professionals requiring evidence of participation.

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