Support Promote Advocate

for Borderline Personality Disorder

For GPs

On this page we have listed a number of resources for General Practioners and other clinicians

Treatment Guidelines

National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) 2012 Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder”
The guideline seeks to improve understanding and recognition of BPD in health services and the community and will assist health professionals to diagnose, treat and manage BPD in adolescents and adults. 
These guidelines were developed by a multi-disciplinary Guideline Development Committee of clinical, consumer and carer representatives with BPD expertise. The guideline discusses a range of treatment options, including 63 recommendations covering diagnosis, management, treatment and information for supporting carers and families.

Project Air Strategy Treatment Guidelines for Personality Disorders (2015)

Project Air Strategy Brief Intervention Manual (2015)

Project Air Strategy Parenting with Personality Disorder Intervention (2015)

Project Air Stategy Family, Partner and Carer Intervention Manual for Personality Disorders (2016)

Project Air Strategy Working with young people with complex mental health issues (2016) - developed for teachers, school counsellors principals etc

Project Air Strategy: fact sheets

Nice Guidance (National Institute for Health and Carer Excellence - UK 2015) Personality Disorders: Borderline and Antisocial Quality Standard qs88

Current articles and research papers

Listed below are some papers that might be of some interest to readers who wish to learn more about research into BPD. 

Clinician perspectives on recovery and borderline personality disorder.
Fiona Donald, Cameron Duff, Katherine Lawrence, Jillian Broadbear, Sathya Rao. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 2017, Vol. 12 Issue: 3, pp.199-209.

Personality disorder: A mental health priority area.
Grenyer B.S., Ng F.Y., Townsend M.L., Rao S. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2017 Jul 

The value of psychological treatment for borderline personality disorder: Systematic review and cost offset analysis of economic evaluations.  
Meuldijk, D., McCarthy, A., Bourke, M.E., & Grenyer, B.F.S. 2017

Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder: A Systematic Review of the Perspectives of Consumers, Clinicians, Family and Carers.  
Ng, F.Y.Y., Bourke, M.E., & Grenyer, B.F.S. 2016

Missed diagnosis: The emerging crisis with Borderline Personality Disorder in older people.
J Beatson, J Broadbear, H Sivakumaran, F Moss, E Kotler, and S Rao. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Dec 2016;50(12):1139-1145.

A new intervention for people with borderline personality disorder who are also parents: A pilot study of clinician acceptability. 
McCarthy, KL, Lewis, KL, Bourke, ME, Grenyer BFS. 2016

Evaluation of changes in prescription medication use after a residential treatment program for Borderline Personality Disorder
J Broadbear, J Nesci, R Thomas, K Thompson, J Beatson, and S Rao. Australasian Psychiatry. 24(6): 583-588, 2016

Psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder.
Beatson, J. Rao, S. Australasian Psychiatry · October 2014. DOI: 10.1177/1039856214555531

An integrative relational step-down model of care: The Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders. 
Grenyer, B.F.S. 2014. The ACPARIAN, 9, 8-13.

Improved prognosis for Borderline Personality Disorder: new treatment guidelines outline specific communication strategies that work
Brin F. S Grenyer.  Med J Aust 2013; 198 (9): 464-465 

Depression and borderline personality disorder.
By J Beatson and S Rao. Medical Journal of Australia 2013; 100(6 Suppl): S24-27

Managing borderline personality disorder and substance use - an integrated approach. 
D Lubman, K Hall, A Pennay, S Rao) Australian Family Physician, 2011 Jun; 40(6):376-81.

Tips and techniques for engaging and managing the reluctant, resistant or hostile young person. 
Louise K McCutcheon, Andrew M Chanen, Richard J Fraser, Lorelle Drew and Warrick Brewer Med J Aust 2007; 187 (7): 64.

"Foundations for Change" BPD - Consumer' and Carers' Experiences of Carer

Summary Report

Part 1 - Consumers: Experiences of CONSUMERS with the Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Part 2: Carers: Experiences of CARERS with the Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Borderline Personality Disorder: Exploring the Lived Experiences of ACT Women and Service Providers "Not a Label. More than a Diagnosis"

This study (conducted by Women's centre for Health Matters in the ACT) investigated the experiences of women with lived experiences of being diagnosed or labelled with BPD in the ACT and the experiences of service providers who helped and supported them. The findings of this report highlight several areas of future work that we hope will assist in helping the ACT Government, health service providers and the range of other services who provide support to women who have been diagnosed or labelled with BPD in the ACT to improve their experiences and health outcomes.

Click here to access the paper.

Research into the impact of caring for someone with BPD

Burden and support needs of carers of persons with borderline personality disorder: a systematic review (2013) by Rachel Bailey (University of Wollongong) and Brin F. S Grenyer (University of Wollongong),

May be accessed online or downloaded as a pdf

Family Experience of Borderline Personality Disorder: Jan Giffin (2008)

ANZ Journal of Family Therapy Volume 29 Number 3 2008 pp. 133–138. May be accessed here