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What is GP Liaison (GPL) Psychiatry Service?
GPL is a Gold Coast Health Service District initiative, designed to enhance the interface between the Gold Coast Mental Health Service and community GPs. Its aim is to support GPs in the care of patients with identified mental health needs through collaborative care, education, case discussion, and/or joint consultation.
The GP Liaison Psychiatry Service consists of a GP Liaison Officer (psychiatry registrar under supervision of a Consultant Psychiatrist) who can offer telephone support or attend the GP practice as required to assist the GP with their patients. The service offers a great contact point for common queries regarding medication optimisation, management strategies, or potential advice on further referral pathways for challenging or high-risk patients. GPL is also a useful source of advice for GPs treating patients who are otherwise not indicated for further case-management by the Mental Health Service but require additional support.
Medicare Benefits Schedule
Medical practitioners who access the GP Liaison Psychiatry Service may be eligible to claim for remuneration under the Medicare Benefits Schedule. If a case conference is identified by the GP as being appropriate for specific patients, MBS has several primary care items under this model, including Multidisciplinary Case Conference Medicare Items for GPs (Items 735-758).
The GP Liaison Officer offers telephone support or attend the GP practice as required to assist the GP with their patients
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