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Guidelines for work related mental health conditions released

Annually, work related mental health conditions make up 2.3% of claims but account for 7% of claims costs, and on average cost nearly double per income support claim than physical injuries.1 Work related mental health conditions are typically challenging for general practitioners to diagnose and treat.

Now available, the Clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and management of work related mental health conditions (the Guideline) aims to provide GPs with the best available evidence to diagnose and manage patients presenting with a work related mental health condition. It has been designed to assist GPs to systematically approach the care of patients, resulting in positive recovery and return to work outcomes.

Conditions that may arise as a result of work include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, adjustment disorder and substance use disorder. Practicing GPs identified that determining the work-relatedness of these conditions was a clinical dilemma.

Recommendations from the Guideline were approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and are endorsed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

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1Data relates to registered employer claims for FY 2017-18. Data as at 20 September 2018.