Alcohol misuse has a significant impact on individual and community health and well being. As GPs and mental health professionals we see many people who drink too much alcohol, but the subject does not necessarily get the attention it needs, especially in the context of complex mental health issues.
Severe longstanding alcohol misuse is easy to identify but hard to treat. Early identification of risky behaviour and misuse of alcohol may be of benefit to many who might otherwise slip into chronic and severe overuse.
Because alcohol has such deleterious effects on physical and mental health it is our responsibility to have our patients and clients understand its impact and to encourage behaviour change toward a healthier lifestyle – even in the face of social and cultural pressures that work to promote excess alcohol consumption.
In this webinar an addiction expert, an experienced GP and an allied mental health clinician will discuss the ways in which we can improve our practice in relation to alcohol misuse by identifying the problem where it exists and using techniques of motivational interviewing to help the people we see change their behaviour.
In the course of the webinar we will examine both face to face strategies and online resources that can help us in our clinical work around alcohol misuse.
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.