The Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) is an initiative of the Australian Department of Health on establishing effective systems for the initial assessment and referral of individuals presenting with mental health conditions in primary health care settings. Each PHN has an IAR Training and Support Officer to provide training to General Practitioners and clinicians in their catchment to learn about, use and embed the IAR Decision Support Tool (IAR-DST) into clinical practice.
IAR Support Officer Maria Hasan recently travelled to Port Augusta and Whyalla to provide IAR training with doctors from the Ghan Medical Centre and Westlands Medical Centre.
A $300 once-off incentive payment is available per GP and 4 CPD points applied, for completing the IAR training.
Further details can be found on the Country SA PHN website.