Overcoming Barriers to Using e-Mental Health (eMH) in Clinical Practice

Overcoming Barriers to Using e-Mental Health (eMH) in Clinical Practice

The 2018 Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium will this year be held over 15-17 October at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania.

Joining us at the conference is Dr Jan Orman, GP Services Consultant at Black Dog Institute and eMHPrac who will present on ‘Overcoming Barriers to Using e-Mental Health (eMH) in Clinical Practice’.

Dr Jan Orman


In the last 5 years the use of web-based programs and resources to provide and augment mental health care has become increasingly acceptable to patients and practitioners alike. These internet-based resources provide a much-needed alternative to face-to-face treatment for patients who are unable or unwilling to access face-to-face care. They also provide a viable low-intensity option for people who are currently well but vulnerable to poor mental health and for those whose conditions are not sufficiently severe to warrant the investment of their time and money in face-to-face care. In more severe conditions they can be used to add value to face-to-face care when its availability is limited.

In this presentation Dr Orman will review briefly the available Australian evidence-based e-mental Health (eMH) resources and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using online therapy tools and programs. The presentation will focus on the common barriers to eMH use and discuss ways that practitioners can help overcome those barriers. There will also be discussion of strategies that practitioners can use to increase their patients’ engagement with and adherence to online mental health treatment options.

The session will be an interactive discussion with participants given the opportunity to discuss their own experience of eMH use.

Key learnings:
1. Online mental health treatment can provide a useful low-intensity option for many people with mild to moderate mental health conditions.
2. The power of online treatment is limited by user’s ability to engage with and adhere to the programs.
3. Judicious selection of appropriate resources and support for people using online options from their practitioners can help overcome barriers and improve outcomes.


Dr Jan Orman is a Sydney GP with a special interest in mental health, and a facilitator with the Black Dog Institute's Professional Education Team. Since 2013 Jan has written and presented all the educational material developed by the Black Dog Institute under the banner of the e-Mental Health in Practice (eMHPrac) Project, a federally funded project helping the primary care workforce learn about reliable, Australian developed online options for mental health care. You can see Jan's work here www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/emhprac Jan is passionate about helping improve mental health care delivery at a primary care level.

For more information on the 2018 Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium and to secure early bird discounted rates currently on offer please visit anzmh.asn.au/rrmh



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