This was a major state wide training program on recognition,
referral and basic management of depression and anxiety for the non-medical primary care workforce, funded from the
Victorian State Government ($1.5M) through beyondblue:
the National Depression Initiative and which ran from 2002-2005. Seven stepped modules
in the training program are designed to place depression and anxiety in context - the illness and its impacts on the
person's life and the community in which they live, the role of the primary care environment, and the ways workers,
organisations and systems can help people with depression and anxiety to maintain wellness and quality of life.
project has now concluded delivery, follow up on evaluation data collection continues until all data from that
collected a year following the final workshop have been processed. Evaluation findings include significant positive
changes in: knowledge and skills relating to the treatment of someone with mental health problems; confidence in
helping people with mental health problems; mental health literacy as judged by identification of depression or
positive changes in a social distance measure and positive identification of treatments with good evidence base.
This work is presently being prepared for publication.