Key points on depression

Depression is a common problem in primary care, ranking second after hypertension among the chronic problems most frequently seen by Australian general practitioners during 2010–11.1,2

The NPS program Depression — challenges in primary care covers current guidance for health professionals on managing depression.

Key messages

Read NPS News 78 for in-depth information about selecting an antidepressant, non-response to antidepressant treatment, physical exercise for depression, and other topics.

NPS Prescribing Practice Review 58 gives practical advice for health professionals and the supporting evidence.


  1. Britt H, Miller GC, Charles J, et al. General practice activity in Australia 2010-2011. General practice series no.29. 2011. (accessed 17 May 2012).
  2. Harrison C, Charles J. Mental health. General practice in Australia, health priorities and polices 1998-2008. General practice series no 24. Cat No GEP 24. Canberra: AIHW, 2009. (accessed 17 May 2012).