In Australia, general practitioners see 97% of injured workers and thus play a pivotal role in directing the recovery and return to work journey for these patients. However, current practice is hampered by clinical uncertainties and system difficulties that GPs encounter in practice. A world-first national evidence-based clinical guideline on diagnosing and managing work-related mental health conditions in general practice has recently been published and is now being implemented. The Implementing work-related Mental health guidelines in general PRacticE (IMPRovE) NHMRC Partnership trial aims to implement the guideline in Australian general practice through a complex intervention involving academic detailing, resource provision and support through a digital community of practice. As a first step in this program of work, we aim to identify the current knowledge, attitudes and practices of GPs in the trial, with regards to caring for patients with work-related mental health conditions. The honours thesis will commence by undertaking a literature review of published studies reporting the knowledge, attitudes and practices of GPs in the use of mental health guidelines. Supported by a large team of staff, investigators and partners, the student will then move to survey GPs in the IMPRovE trial to ascertain their the current knowledge, attitudes and practices towards work-related mental health conditions. The findings from this study will inform the tailoring of interventions that will be delivered through the IMPRovE trial.
mental health, primary care, health services, guideline implementation, general practice, implementation, health care, qualitative, trial, injury
School of Primary and Allied Health Care » General Practice
Masters by research
Notting Hill Campus