Clinical guidelines

Clinical guideline for the diagnosis and management of work-related mental health conditions in general practice

Work related mental health conditions are the second most common cause of workers’ compensation, however, these conditions are typically challenging to diagnose and treat. In Australia, most injured workers seek care from their general practitioner (GP).

The Clinical guideline for the diagnosis and management of work-related mental health conditions (the Guideline) has been developed to assist GPs with the diagnosis and management of work-related mental health conditions. The guideline recommendations were approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in late 2018. It is endorsed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

This work forms part of our program of compensable injury research. Documents developed as an outcome of this body of work include the full Guideline. This document provides detail about the guideline development process, a summary of the evidence for each topic, recommendations and consensus statements, and further information to consider when implementing the recommendations. A short form guideline has also been developed which lists the detailed recommendations and practice points derived from the Guideline, and lastly a two page GP summary which provides a snapshot of the recommendations and consensus statements in the Guideline. Documents can be accessed here:

Supplementary documents include:

Please note, hard copies of the guideline can be requested by contacting:

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Dr Samantha Chakraborty
Department of General Practice,
School of Public Heath and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Phone: (03) 9902 9698

Development of this guideline was supported by the Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business and Comcare, Office of Industrial Relations – Queensland Government, State Insurance Regulatory Authority (NSW), ReturntoWorkSA and WorkCover WA. The development of the final recommendations has not been influenced by the views or interests of the funding bodies.