What you get by completing this session

  • 40 mins of CPD

    A 30 minute video lecture with presentation slides, you can stop and start anytime you like. 10 minute quiz is included.

  • Certificate of Completion

    Receive a certificate once you complete the session. Download this from your student dashboard or in your course completion email

  • Easy CPD Documentation

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What you'll learn in this expert session

Innovative and practical new approaches to the diagnosis, assessment and management of depression.

Concentration and memory symptoms can help distinguish between depression and unhappiness, says psychiatrist Clinical A/Prof David Horgan. This is just one of a multitude of practical, real world tips he will present in this talk - based on both evidence, and his experience of treating thousands of patients with depression. From determining the most appropriate anti-depressant and getting patients to titrate their own dosage to identifying and managing suicide risk, this talk delivers invaluable advice for any health professional managing patients with this chronic mental illness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish depression from common differential diagnoses
  • Explain the relationship between anxiety, sleep and depression
  • Outline the pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for depression
  • Assess suicide risk and develop a plan with the patient to prevent it
  • Empower friends and family to be involved in the prevention of suicide

About the Expert

Clinical A/Prof David Horgan

Clinical A/Prof Horgan teaches psychiatry to final year medical students and as part of his lecturing role as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. As part of his Fellowship of the College of Psychiatrists, he attends multiple ongoing education lectures in various aspects of psychiatry. He also regularly attends a peer-review group of almost 20 experienced psychiatrists and is also heavily involved in an Australia-wide suicide prevention charity and telephone service which he founded, the Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    How to complete this course

    • Instructions

  • 2

    Managing Depression in Primary Care

    • Summary and learning objectives

    • Video lecture (30 mins)

    • Quiz: test your learning (10 mins)

  • 3

    Document your CPD here

    • CPD Documentation and Reflection Activity Tool

  • 4


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