Training term one GP trainees (TT1s) are required to complete level 1 Mental Health Skills Training (MHST) in their six months of GP training. Once this is completed, they can claim the higher rebate for mental health treatment plans (MHTPs) and will receive a letter from Medicare notifying them of this. Please note that trainees cannot claim adjusted rebates retrospectively, only prospectively.
When does MHST need to be completed by?
TT1s must complete their mental health skills training by the end of their first six months of supervised general practice- whether they are full time or part time. Thus 2021.1 TT1s must complete by end July 2021 and 2021.2 TT1s must complete by end of January 2022.
What does MHST involve?
The General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) is the body responsible for setting the standards and accrediting training in mental health for GPs. Level one MHST details are outlined here Mental Health Training and Education – GPMHSC
On- line options to complete MHST involve completing a ‘core’ module and a ‘clinical enhancement’ module. This takes approximately six to eight hours.
Once the registrar has completed their training, GPMHSC lets Medicare know (as long as GPMHSC have their provider number – more information can be found on the GPMHSC website). Once the registrar has received a letter from Medicare confirming completion, they can start claiming the higher rebates for MHTPs.
If you require further information on how and where to complete your MHST training, please contact your region’s Education Program Support Officer (EPSO).