Depression: Achieving remission, preventing relapse

Clinical e-Audit for GPs

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­ CPD Points

  • Accredited for RACGP mental health CPD
  • RACGP 40 (Category 1) QI&CPD points (QI activity)
  • ACRRM 30 PRPD points


Management of depression is complex and decisions around treatment type (eg, supportive approaches, psychological treatments and/or antidepressants) and duration are guided by patient factors, including age and the severity of depression. However, evidence suggests an overreliance on antidepressants.

  • Complete the Clinical e-Audit for only 10 patients and generate personalised management plans to help you guide their management.
  • Review how your practice measures up to Australian guideline recommendations.
  • Learn about emerging evidence for supportive approaches, such as online CBT and physical exercise, to help your patients with depression.

This Clinical e-Audit will help you to achieve remission and prevent relapse in your patients with depression by guiding you to:

  • Identify patients who may benefit from additional or alternative treatments.
  • Access tools and information on what works in treatment of depression.
  • Consider recommending a combination of non-pharmacological approaches as part of a broader management plan.
  • Review response to treatment by routinely assessing mood, thoughts and function and modifying treatment/management accordingly.

Learning outcomes

  • Implement a systematic approach to starting, reviewing and modifying treatment of patients with depression.
  • Develop a management plan with the patient (and/or his or her carer) and discuss expectations of management.
  • Use strategies to promote adherence to an agreed management plan.
  • Select an antidepressant, when indicated, based on the medicine profile and patient factors.
  • Ensure adequate trialling and duration of treatment in patients with depression for whom antidepressants may be beneficial.

You will

  • Have access to evidence-based information to update your knowledge.
  • Receive practical advice to provide to your patients.
  • Generate a management plan for each patient.
  • Receive immediate feedback and be able to compare your results with those of your peers.

Frequently asked questions

CPD Points and Practice Incentives

RACGP: QI&CPD Accredited Activity, Category 1ACRRM Accredited Activity 2014-2016


  • This activity has been accredited by the RACGP for 40 (Category 1) points (QI activity) for the 2014–2016 triennium (activity ID number 30242).
  • Accredited for RACGP mental health CPD.
  • This activity has been accredited by ACRRM for 30 PRPD points for the 2014–2016 triennium (code 4954).
  • This activity is recognised for the Practice Incentives Program Quality Prescribing Incentive (PIP QPI).
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