The Initial Assessment and Referral Decision Support Tool (IAR-DST) for mental healthcare training

Last updated 20 November 2023
The Initial Assessment and Referral Decision Support Tool (IAR-DST) for mental healthcare training

The IAR-DST provides a standardised, evidence-based and objective approach to assist GPs and other clinicians to determine the most appropriate level of care for a person seeking mental health support.

The IAR-DST is an initiative of the Australian Department of Health that provides a tool to assist GPs and clinicians managing mental health in primary care.

Brisbane South PHN is delivering training on the effective use of the IAR-DST and how it can be implemented into practice.

Training is designed for the health workforce involved in the assessment and referral process including GPs and other other clinicians, intake teams, mental health commissioned and service providers.

Duration: 2 hours (may be split into smaller sessions to suit your availability)

Workshop delivery: Online or in-person at your practice

Training options:

You can attend IAR group training workshops with the Brisbane South PHN either online or in-person.

  • Online training: Go to our Events Calendar to check dates for upcoming training workshops and to register.
  • If you prefer in-person training: Please contact the IAR team to arrange training at your practice. Email


  • A one-off payment of $300 (GST excl.):

Note: Payment is not available for other medical staff or clinicians. Not available for GPs already paid for their time by a Commonwealth funded service (e.g., Adult Mental Health Centre, Aboriginal Medical Centre). Payment is available if GP attends training outside of their paid employment. Please email for further information.

  • RACGP approved activity or ACRRM accredited activity

ACCRM CPD accredited activity
RACGP CD 1.5 hours educational activities or .5 reviewing performance

For further information or to organise in-person training at your practice email