Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) for Mental Healthcare - Open Event 06-06-2024

06 Jun 2024
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM


Available to
General Practitioners

Continuing Professional Development

2 RACGP CPD hours - Educational Activities


Mental health

Open to GP's in the North Western Melbourne catchment area

The National IAR Guidance and IAR-DST were developed by the Australian Department of Health and is designed to provide: 

  • advice relating to initial assessment and intake (the eight domains)
  • a description of evidence-based services by level of intensity (the five levels of care)
  • criteria to assist with matching an individual to a level of care that is most likely to meet the individual’s treatment needs and recovery goals (the IAR-DST). 

The training will focus on: 

  • introduction to IAR and the development of the National Guidance
  • orientation to the domains, levels of care, and decision support tool
  • clinical judgement and supported decision-making
  • application of the IAR in assessment and intake settings (practical activity using a scenario). 
  • Please be advised that participants will need an internet compatible device to successfully complete the workshop, these can include smart phones, laptops, IPads.

This is a DoH funded training session for GP’s. Participants must have their cameras on, participate in the practical component of the workshop and complete the entire session to qualify for the payment. This session will not be recorded.

Please note that NWMPHN is working with third-parties to research and evaluate the IAR-DST. By registering for this course you consent for NWMPHN to share your details for this course only with these third-parties. If you do not wish for your details to be shared, please contact

Learning outcomes:

  • participants are familiar with the principles underpinning the national approach to stepped care
  • participants have an awareness of and confidence in the IAR development process
  • participants can apply the IAR Guidance in practice settings, using the domains and the decision support tool to generate a recommended level of care
  • participants understand the levels of care and can determine regional services matched against the levels of care
  • participants understand the principles related to clinical decision making and consumer choice and can practice following these principles using supported decision-making strategies.