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Assessment Referral and Decision Support Tool – A Holistic Approach to Identifying Mental Health Needs

Monday, October 30 2023
6:00PM - 9:00PM (ACDT)
313 Payneham Road, Royston Park South Australia 5070

Recommended For

GPs, Nurses, Mental Health Service Providers & Primary Health Care Providers in the Adelaide Metropolitan Area.


The Initial Assessment and Referral – Decision Support Tool (IAR-DST), is an instrument which provides the information needed by clinicians, to generate the appropriate level of care a patient with compromised wellbeing requires to achieve a satisfactory outcome. The IAR has been developed over some years by an Expert Advisory Group, the composition of which was wide ranging and included a GP chairperson, representatives from all treating discipline colleges, and those with lived experience and peak bodies all relating to mental health issues.

The instrument is based on the best in contemporary thinking on mental health issues. It is transdiagnostic, transdiscipline, holistic, uses a stepped care model, uses a standardized approach with language common to all service providers, is patient centered, and collaborative in design. These principles reflect recognition of the current situation in Australia where there is poor concordance in diagnostic categories across disciplines, considerable unevenness in assessment quality, over use of high intensity, which is particularly relevant as both mental health problems are increasing and service resources are progressively diminishing.

This year in Adelaide in excess of 300 GPs and 100 allied health practitioners have been trained in the use of the IAR. The results from surveys conducted after IAR training has been extremely positive.

The session will provide details of the IAR and DST and how it can be use, supplemented by application to two clinical cases the details of which will be provided for interactive participation.

Learning Outcomes

Awareness of the background and development of the IAR
Understand the underlying principles
Become familiar with the architecture of the IAR including Domains, rating scores and Levels of Care
Be confident in using the instrument in clinical settings


Registration and Dinner
6:00PM - 6:30PM (ACDT)
6:30PM - 9:30PM (ACDT)


Mr Anthony Newcombe
Adelaide PHN
Ms Andrea Guayara
Paediatric Dentist & Public Health Professional
Adelaide PHN

A cancellation fee of $44 will be charged via invoice for non-attendance at this event. To notify us of your inability to attend, please email events@ampheat.com.au by no later than 3 full business days prior to the event.  If your cancellation is inside 3 business days and unavoidable, please ensure you contact the event manager to discuss whether this fee can be waived for your circumstance.


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This fee is to cover administration, catering, venue and speaker costs.


Your notification of your inability to attend enables us to provide courtesy notification to speakers who are giving of their valuable time of a drop in attendance numbers. It may also enable us to give someone on a wait list your seat at the event. If we are notified in time to reduce catering numbers with a venue and not be charged, funding can be put towards future education events enabling us to offer more topics. Very low attendance numbers notified with enough notice may also enable us to re-schedule the event to a future date. For these reasons, please let us know with as much notice as possible if you cannot attend.

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Dr Rosanne Skalicky

Rural Generalist in Critical Care, Royal Flying Doctors SA

Dr Skalicky (often referred to as ‘Dr Rose’), is a senior Emergency Physician with extensive national and international experience. Having worked as an emergency physician in Tasmania, Queensland, and South Australia (RAH), Dr Rose headed overseas in 2009. With a passion for equitable access to healthcare and international development in EM, Dr Rose has spent the last decade working overseas in a fulltime capacity – remote NW Tanzania and most recently in Myanmar. In Myanmar, Dr Rose worked under the Ministry of Health developing acute emergency services and training nationally, which included a full-time teaching and clinical load. Having returned to Australia in early 2021 Dr Rose is currently employed by the RFDS as a Rural Generalist in Critical Care, working primarily out of Port Augusta.

Dr Roses’ professional interests include:

·Improving equity in health access
·Health care development of EM in low-middle income countries
·Capacity building of Health staff

When not at work Dr Rose enjoys caring for her family, reading, craft, and obviously seeing new places, and engaging with people from different cultures.