Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) Training

Western Victoria Primary Health Network are pleased to invite you to the Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) Training.


  • Australia wide, the Department of Health and Aged Care is introducing the Initial Assessment and Referral Decision Support Tool (IAR-DST). Guided by your own assessment and clinical judgement, the digital tool is used to support GPs and mental health clinicians to recommend a level of care and/or referral pathway for a person seeking mental health support. To achieve this, clinical assessment information is mapped across eight interactive domains (eight domains) to recommend a level of care (five levels of care).
  • Training is being rolled out nationally across all PHNs to help create a consistent approach to mental health care and referrals.


  • Introduction to the IAR
  • Introduction to the stepped care model and levels of care (five levels of care)
  • Overview of the assessment domains (eight domains)
  • How to use the IAR decision support tool (DST) in practice

Learning Outcomes:

  • Implement the IAR Guidance in practice settings, using the domains and the decision support tool (DST) to generate a recommended level of care
  • Identify the principles related to clinical decision making and consumer choice and can practice in accordance with these principles using supported decision-making strategies
  • Identify the Levels of Care and can determine regional services matched against the levels of care

Note: A one-off reimbursement of $300 will be available for GPs only on completion of the training (please note, reimbursement is not available for GPs or clinicians working in Adult Mental Health Centres or Aboriginal Medical Services already funded by the government).

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  • Please select which session you would like to attend. Sessions will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm with alternating sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays at 12.30pm. Please note that the same content will be covered in each session. Further opportunities to be held later in the year.

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Last modified: 9 August, 2022