Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Online Training For GPs - Identifying And Managing Autism Spectrum Disorders

Identifying and managing children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is the focus of a new online active learning module created by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). 

The new Autism spectrum disorders Category 1 active learning module is available on the gplearning website and is suitable for GPs and paediatricians. Autism spectrum disorders highlights the importance of early identification and diagnosis, initiation of early intervention and family and individual support as a means of maximising outcomes for children and families affected by an ASD. 

Dr Ronald McCoy, RACGP spokesperson, said the rate of ASD diagnosis is increasing significantly within the Australian community and this new active learning module will provide GPs with timely and valuable insights into autism spectrum disorders. 

"The early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is the key to providing early intervention so that patients and their families can achieve the best outcomes, 

"For this reason, this learning activity places a strong emphasis on 'red flags', which are clinical symptoms and signs that help clinicians pick up autism early. 

"We've been incredibly fortunate in being able to achieve this through the creation of many new videos that plainly illustrate specific clinical symptoms and signs. This was only achievable through the generosity of families affected by ASD. 

"This module provides doctors with the skills to address the many myths that surround ASD, such as bogus causes and treatments that are widespread throughout the community. 

"In addition, case studies, interviews and actual clinical images provide a unique interactive learning opportunity for clinicians to become thoroughly acquainted with the current evidence based, state-of-the art approach to ASD in Australia," Dr McCoy said. 

By the end of the module, participants should be able to: 

- counsel and support patients, parents, family members and others affected by ASD, through diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of ASD 
- discuss the evidence base for aetiology (study of causes) and management of ASD including medications, behavioural and educational interventions 
- describe the diagnosis, prognosis and management of ASD throughout key milestones and throughout a person's lifespan 
- discuss the multidisciplinary framework of care in ASD 
- identify barriers to delivering services for ASD e.g. rural location 
- identify individuals with possible ASD, including differential diagnoses 
- list the 'red flags' for ASD and be able to systematically implement identification of children with ASD, including using the practice systems. 

The new activity is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program for 40 Category 1 points in the 2011-2013 triennium. 

This active learning module should take approximately 6.5 hours to complete. Participants can access and exit activities at their convenience. 

The following four learning activities are available as Category 2 activities but are included as part of this learning module: 

- the early detection of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) 
- selecting and assessing interventions for ASD 
- educational interventions for ASD 
- working with families managing ASD. 

Source: 

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) 
  



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