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Aust Fam Physician. 2002 Apr;31(4):394-7.

A Graduate Certificate and Master in General Practice Psychiatry by distance education--1998-2001.

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Department of General Practice, Monash University, Victoria.



The General Practice Psychiatry Program is a collaborative initiative between two universities and two professional colleges. Since 1998 it has offered general practitioners a one year part time Graduate Certificate, and a two year Master of General Practice Psychiatry. The learning is by distance education and multimode, including text packages sent out, tapes, teleconferences and two annual residential weekends with role plays and didactic teaching.


To describe the development of a Graduate Certificate and Master in General Practice Psychiatry.


The program has been well supported with 141 general practitioners enrolling in the Graduate Certificate and 48 in the Masters during 1998-2001. General practitioners have been enrolling from around Australia, with rural, female and more experienced GPs predominating.

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