The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program: reactions of general practitioners and their patients

Meehan, Thomas and Robertson, Samantha (2013) The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program: reactions of general practitioners and their patients. Australian Health Review, 37 3: 337-340. doi:10.1071/AH12005


Author Meehan, Thomas
Robertson, Samantha
Title The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program: reactions of general practitioners and their patients
Journal name Australian Health Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0156-5788
1449-8944
Publication date 2013-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AH12005
Volume 37
Issue 3
Start page 337
End page 340
Total pages 4
Place of publication Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective. To evaluate reactions of general practitioners (GPs) and their patients to the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP).
Method. A descriptive, exploratory approach was employed using discussion groups with 25 GPs and individual interviews with 19 patients receiving treatment through the MHNIP. All discussion groups and interviews were audio taped, transcribed and analysed using thematic content analysis.
Results. There was overwhelming support for the MHNIP across GP and patient groups. Patients noted that the treatment provided through the program was convenient, holistic and non-stigmatising. GPs valued the collaborative working arrangements with mental health nurses (MHNs) and highlighted the ability of these nurses to provide a wide range of interventions for patients with complex mental health problems.
Conclusions. The collaborative working arrangement between GPs and MHNs promoted through the MHNIP was perceived to have significantly enhanced primary care services for those with mental health problems.

What is known about the topic? The introduction of MHNs into GP practices under the MHNIP, a new primary care initiative, represents a major reform in the provision of primary care services for those with mental health problems.
What does this paper add? This paper reports on the reactions of GPs and patients to the introduction of the MHNIP.
What are the implications for practitioners? The collaborative model promoted through the program enables family doctors to play a greater role in the management of mental health conditions within the primary care setting. MHNs working with the program need considerable experience and skill in dealing with a broad range of mental health problems. In general, GPs require a better understanding of the overall program.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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