The Maze Phase – Adolescent Mental Health Series

How can the GP help?

The Maze Phases is a podcast for primary health professionals working with teens, navigating life and the healthcare system.

In each episode, GP and academic, Dr Bianca Forrester, has a chat with experts in the field of adolescent health and social care. Bringing tips from clinical practice, research and discuss best practice approaches to common and complex problems presenting to primary care.

Season 1

Brings an overview of Youth Friendly care, adolescent development and common mental health disorders. Aimed at GPs and nurses, this series is also accessible to anyone working with or caring for school-aged teens.

Season 2

We’ll be taking deep dives into emerging issues facing teens and their families in the shadow of the pandemic crisis.

Neurodiversity and neurodevelopmental disorders in teens-How can the GP help? The Maze Phase

In this episode, GP Bianca Forrester speaks with child and adolescent psychiatrist Prof Sandra Radovini about increasing requests for neurodevelopmental disorder assessments in primary care. We talk about the issues that many young people are facing in getting back on track with school routines and why transitions have been particularly challenging for some young people.Shownotes:Best Practice Guidelines for the assessment and support of autismAustralia's First National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders Practice Guidelines for the assessment and support for ADHDAustralian Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)   Assessment ToolsAutism: Social Responsiveness Scale, 2nd Edition SRS-2Identifies the presence and severity of social impairment within the autism spectrum and differentiates it from that which occurs in other disorders For ADHD: Conners ADHD rating scale was mentioned Recommended article:MJA article- Andrew Whitehouse- Autism: Widely known, rarely understood  For GPs recording Continuing Professional development:This podcast (and accompanying guidelines and article review) may contribute to 1 hours of Educational Activities. GPs may self-record their completion of the activity in their MyCPD account at and click on “Log” from the banner at top of screen. Note that it remains the GP’s responsibility to maintain evidence of the activity for their CPD log. Please contact your local faculty if assistance is needed in logging the activity. Training Calendar Mindful Centre The skill development workshops are designed for professionals working with clients with autism. They focus on practical skill development for delivering a wide range of autism interventions Training modules in assessment Podcast was recorded over "zoom" in February 2023Presented by:  Dr Bianca Forrester, Senior Lecturer Primary care, Department of General practice and Primary care, University of Melbourne.Guest:  Prof Sandra Radovini, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of Centre for Training and Research in Developmental HealthProduced by: Bianca ForresterMusic: Space Cadet LullabiesGraphics: Gaal CreativeThe Maze Phase is a production of the University of Melbourne, Australia. The Maze Phase is licenced under Creative Commons, Copyright 2017, the University of Melbourne.
  1. Neurodiversity and neurodevelopmental disorders in teens-How can the GP help?
  2. Part 2 -Young people in out of home care- How can the GP help?
  3. Kids in out of home care- How can the GP help?
  4. Recovery and resilience in teens- how can the GP help?
  5. Working with Families