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General Practitioner Dr Cory Lei has developed a Referral Directory for Psychology and Mental Health. We asked Dr Lei why he chose to invest time in developing the resource and his thoughts on General Practice.
Why did you develop a Referral Directory for Psychology and Mental Health?
CL: As a GP, I wanted to make sure that patients who I referred for psychotherapy were seeing someone who’d be a good fit for their health issues. A good therapeutic relationship between psychologists and their patients is particularly important to the success of their treatment and knowing more about individual psychologists would help us to make better referral decisions.
This sort of information, however, wasn’t easily accessible. Additionally, GPs I worked with also felt that they wanted to know more about psychologists in the community and the services they offered.
What particular benefits will the GPbook (psychology edition) bring?
CL: The directory is designed for use by GPs, meaning that critical information that can help make a referral decision is readily accessible. This includes the special interests of practitioners, their location, languages they speak and billing information. We have kept it in the same format as our specialist directory, with which GPs across WA are familiar. We believe it will particularly help patients with conditions for which it can be harder to find treatment such as borderline personality disorder or tinnitus. The directory is available online at psych.gpbook.com.au free of cost.
Any challenges encountered during the process of putting the directory together?
CL: We put a lot of work and effort into ensuring that the information we collected was useful and reliable. While it took a lot of time, we feel our efforts have paid off.
Any other directories in the pipeline?
CL: We’re working on expanding the directory to provide information about other allied health practitioners and we will focus on physiotherapists for next year.
Why did you choose General Practice as a career pathway?
CL: I love the diversity of work that GPs get to do and the rewarding nature of forming long-lasting therapeutic relationships with our patients.
Do you have any particular areas of interest within General Practice?
CL: My area of interest is child health and in particular, paediatric allergy. I currently work at the Perth Children’s Hospital in a newly established combined Immunology-Dermatology clinic
Why did you join the AMA (WA) Council of General Practice?
CL: I am passionate about the development of our profession. In particular, I want to ensure that we expand on the skillset and scope of our practice as well as help to make General Practice a rewarding and viable career choice for doctors.
What is the single biggest challenge facing GPs today? And what is your recommendation for overcoming it?
CL: The biggest challenge we have is the fragmentation of patient care in the context of increasing financial pressure on practices. We need to ensure that General Practice remains relevant by providing high quality care and developing additional skills and services that provide patients with value.
The book you are reading at present…
CL: Less by Andrew Sean Greer.
How do you unwind after a long day at work?
CL: I like to do something active like swimming or having a paddle on the Swan River.
If you have any questions about the Referral Directory, please email Dr Cory Lei at email@example.com