Strategies to foster increased capacity and improve access to mental health support in the bush: The AIMhi rural experience

Kavanagh, David and AIMhi Research Group (2007). Strategies to foster increased capacity and improve access to mental health support in the bush: The AIMhi rural experience. In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry: Abstracts from the 42nd RANZCP Congress 2007. 42nd RANZCP Congress 2007, Gold Coast, Australia, (A42-A42). 29 April - 3 May, 2007. doi:10.1080/14401614070410s163


Author Kavanagh, David
AIMhi Research Group
Title of paper Strategies to foster increased capacity and improve access to mental health support in the bush: The AIMhi rural experience
Conference name 42nd RANZCP Congress 2007
Conference location Gold Coast, Australia
Conference dates 29 April - 3 May, 2007
Proceedings title Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry: Abstracts from the 42nd RANZCP Congress 2007   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Abingdon, England
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Published abstract
DOI 10.1080/14401614070410s163
ISSN 0004-8674
1440-1614
Volume 41
Issue Supp.1
Start page A42
End page A42
Total pages 1
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Specialist mental health care is thinly spread in many rural areas, and is often accessed after long delays or substantial travel. AIMhi Rural has been working with mental health teams and GPs to increase skills and confidence in addressing the needs of people with complex problems, and this does result in at least short-term gains in demonstrated skills. However, much is currently being demanded of GPs, and mental health issues are in competition with many other worthy targets for assessment and intervention. There is a continued need for very brief opportunistic interventions that are compatible with the time demands of general practice, and the methods advocated in AIMhi training are described. Closer liaison between practitioners and mental health services fostered by several current programswill help to make the most of available services. However, even with optimal interface between services and substantially increased access to private treatment by allied health practitioners, access problems will remain. Remote delivery of treatment and practitioner support may provide a partial solution, especially if it is undertaken in collaboration with GPs. Results of AIMhi-associated projects that attempt to do this are described, together with the challenges encountered. Possible ways forward are outlined.
Subjects 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Keyword Psychiatry
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Abstracts from the 42nd RANZCP Congress 2007 Oral presentation abstracts

 
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