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Clinical guideline for the diagnosis and management of work-related mental health conditions

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About the clinical guideline

The incidence of work-related mental injuries has increased in Australia over the past decade. This is a concern because of the negative health impacts and because work-related mental injuries are associated with longer periods away from work compared with musculoskeletal injuries.

Ninety-six per cent of injured workers present to a General Practitioner (GP) for their work-related claim and GPs have expressed concerns about the administrative and clinical aspects of managing work-related injuries. Some of these concerns include difficulties with assessing and diagnosing work-related mental health conditions and managing patients to facilitate return to work.

The "Development of clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of work-related mental health conditions for GPs" project is a response to the call-to-action from GPs who have acknowledged they need guidance in this area. The guideline will address ten key clinical questions raised by GPs concerned with the diagnosis and management of work-related mental health conditions.

This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Employment (and is supported by Comcare), the Office of Industrial Relations, State Insurance Regulatory Authority, Return to Work SA, and WorkCover WA. The guideline will be developed according to the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Standards for Guideline Development. Endorsement will also be sought from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) prior to publication.

Last updated
19 March 2018