In this webinar
Mental health apps have proliferated so much in the last several decades that it is hard to know where to start in getting to know about them. People (including our patients) are constantly asking us whether mental health apps are useful, and whether they are safe. They do sound like such a good idea!
Dr Mark Larsen a digital mental health researcher from Black Dog Institute is our special guest in this webinar focussed on the potential of mental health apps to enhance our work. Mark has worked at the Institute for a number of years examining the utility and reliability of apps in various areas of mental health including bipolar disorder and suicide prevention. There is not much out there to guide us in our choices so Mark will help us understand the important ways in which we need to look at an app in order to determine for ourselves which ones are worth our attention.
Joining us too are Canberra-based psychologist Dr Debra Harris and Melbourne GP Dr Jenni Koch to discuss their own experience of using apps in clinical practice and share their ideas about what, when and how to use them and what to do to overcome the barriers.
To participate in this webinar, it would be useful for participants to have some level of familiarity with e-Mental Health. This can be gained by:
- watching an on-demand recording of a previously delivered webinar
- Read the article “e-Therapy in Primary Care Mental Health” by Dr Jan Orman and Dr Bridianne O’Dea in the April edition of the Australian Journal of General Practice
- complete the accredited 1-hour educational program about eMH developed by Black Dog Institute and Think GP
- go to Head to Health for more information about online programs and resources and have a chat to Sam the Chatbot while you are there
The webinar series
The webinar series examines some of the online mental health treatment programs that GPs 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.
- 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.
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.