Mental health

Be careful about mental health labelling

Dr Bruce Arroll talks about the distressed patient and taking care when making a diagnosis. Bruce is a Professor in the Department of General Practice and Primary Care at the University of Auckland.


Depression or distress?

MedCase: Identifying and managing patients with possible depression

Improving treatments for depression

Pim Cuijpers talks about the challenge of improving treatments for depression. Pim is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and Head of the Department of Clinical, Neuro and Developmental Psychology. He is the world’s leading expert in the meta-analyses of reviews of psychotherapies.

The Happiness Trap

Dr Russ Harris talks about the happiness trap. Russ is an international best-selling author of a self-help book titled The Happiness Trap. He is a world expert in acceptance and commitment therapy. Russ started his career as a GP and is now a published author. He also works as a therapist and trainer.


Self-care in trauma-informed organisations

This course is about your wellbeing. The children’s/tamariki workforce is often exposed to practice experiences and life stories that are hard to hear and presented with behaviours that are difficult to understand and manage. It is common for people working  with vulnerable children/tamariki to experience stress and at times secondary trauma, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue or burnout.

The course aims to help you understand how trauma can affect people who support, protect and serve vulnerable children/tamariki and families/whānau.

Decision-making capacity: the legal aspects

In this course, you will learn about the legal process that follows a capacity assessment. It follows on from Assessing decision-making capacity - the clinical basics, where we covered the relevant principles when assessing decision-making capacity for consent to healthcare, and demonstrated how to perform a capacity assessment using a 3-stage approach.

Sleep and pain

There is a reciprocal relationship between pain and sleep. Pain interferes with sleep and disturbed sleep contributes to the experience of pain. Because of this reciprocal relationship, it is important to ask patients experiencing pain about their sleep, and in those with sleep disorders, we need to be assessing the contribution of pain. It is also important to be aware that medications such as analgesics and antidepressants used in the management of chronic pain may also have an impact on sleep.

Assessing decision-making capacity: the clinical basics

GPs are in a good position to assess the mental capacity of their patients and it is within the scope of practice of ALL medical practitioners to assess decision-making capacity and obtain informed consent.

GPs have an existing therapeutic relationship with their patients and the benefit of understanding their psychosocial background and longitudinal presentation, which can help in detecting any significant change from their premorbid cognitive functioning and decision-making ability.  

Insomnia - Bruce Arroll

Podcast: Professor Bruce Arroll talks about managing insomnia in primary care. Bruce is a GP in South Auckland, director of the Goodfellow Unit and professor in general practice and primary care at the University of Auckland.


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