WNSW PHN: Initial Assessment and Referral – Decision Support Tool Training
28 September 2023
WNSW PHN is delivering training sessions to help general practitioners, GP Registrars and clinicians understand how to use the Initial Assessment and Referral – Decision Support Tool. This training will provide you with all the information you need to use the tool in a way that suits your practice.
What is IAR?
The IAR-DST provides support to clinicians regarding how to respond to people when they first ask for mental health support in primary care settings. By using a standardised, evidence-based approach to categorise mental health levels, patients can be connected to the most appropriate local care.
Why use the tool?
- The tool will be used by all Commonwealth-funded mental health services and promotes a shared language surrounding treatment needs, and supports clinicians’ choice of referral for mental health consumers.
- Identify and communicate the essential information from your mental health assessment that is critical for referral and decision-making.
- Redefines the stepped-care approach to mental health care by recommending a level of care based on the least intensive intervention that will likely lead to the most possible gain for mental health consumers.
- Estimates or confirms mental health treatment needs within five defined levels of care while encouraging consumer-supported choice and decision-making.
Learn more about IAR-DST here.