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Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR)

The Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) is a national approach to improving patient experience and assisting general practitioners and mental health clinicians to connect patients to the right mental health care at the right time.

The Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) guidance is an initiative of the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care. The IAR provides a standardised, evidence based and objective approach to assist general practitioners (GPs) and mental health clinicians to recommend a level of care for their patients.

A one off $300 payment (excl GST) is available for eligible GPs who complete the two-hour training.

Training Workshop 1 is a 30 minute online training workshop accessed via Open Learning:

This workshop introduces the following:

  • Assessment domains
  • Rating guide
  • Levels of care
  • Mandatory prior to registering for workshop 2

Follow link to complete workshop 1

Training Workshop 2 is a 90 minute interactive workshop (Online or Face to face)

This interactive workshop covers:

  • Practical and experiential learning and reflection
  • Guided exploration of the IAR decision support tool
  • Clinical judgment and supported decision making
  • Discussion and Q&A



Thursday, 4 April – 12.00-1.30pm

Tuesday, 9 April – 6.00-7.30pm

Thursday, 11 April – 9.30-11.00am

Tuesday, 23 April – 6.00-7.30pm


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