'Crisis point': Plea for GP training to halt mental health plague

REMOTE and rural Australia is in the grip of a mental health crisis that won’t be solved by telehealth and programs run by distant Primary Health Networks, a Northern Territory GP says.

Dr Molly Shorthouse says GPs should be offered focused training in mental health, similar to what GP anaesthetists and obstetricians receive, to address high rates of suicide and distress in rural communities.

“As it stands currently, our workforce is at crisis point, our community is at a crisis point,” she said.