Authors: Peter Wise
Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Consumer-GP Tutoring Partnership was a project set up to develop a sustainable education program that sought to enhance the mental health assessment and management skills of GPs. The project involved training five mental health consumers and three GPs to lead three, two-hour workshops for GPs.
A key principle underlying the project was that mental health consumers would be involved at all stages, including the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the program. The workshops sought to give participants an opportunity to re-evaluate and enhance their mental health assessment and treatment skills, utilising the direct input of mental health consumers.
This paper outlines the origins and development of the project, the issues and challenges faced by those involved, and lessons learnt. Although the workshop leaders training and workshops did not proceed, the project provides a firm foundation for further initiatives in the area of consumer participation in continuing medical education.