Current delivery of infant mental health services: are infant mental health needs being met?

Macdonald, E., Mohay, H., Sorensen, D., Alcorn, N., McDermott, B. M. C. and Lee, E. (2005) Current delivery of infant mental health services: are infant mental health needs being met?. Australasian Psychiatry, 13 4: 393-398. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1665.2005.02232.x

Author Macdonald, E.
Mohay, H.
Sorensen, D.
Alcorn, N.
McDermott, B. M. C.
Lee, E.
Title Current delivery of infant mental health services: are infant mental health needs being met?
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1665.2005.02232.x
Volume 13
Issue 4
Start page 393
End page 398
Total pages 6
Editor G. Walter
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2005
Subject C1
321019 Paediatrics
321021 Psychiatry
730204 Child health
730211 Mental health
Formatted abstract
Objective: To identify services supporting the well-being of infants and their
families in an area of South Brisbane, Australia, highlight problems of accessing
these services and recommend strategies to make them more readily available.

Method: Semistructured interviews were conducted with staff from 18 service
providers offering antenatal services, or programmes primarily focused on
children under the age of 2 years and/or their families. The interview aimed
to identify the precise nature of the services offered, problems encountered in
providing those services, perceived gaps in services and potential strategies for

Results: Services were diverse, provided by a range of different professionals, in
varying locations (home, community, hospital) and with funding from various
sources. The major findings were: (i) the fragmentation of services, lack of
communication between them, and lack of continuity in services from one stage
of family formation to another; (ii) the shortage of services working with the
parents and infant together; and (iii) the difficulty of providing services for some
at-risk populations.

Conclusions: Recommendations included: (i) maintaining a range of different
services networked through a centralized resource/referral centre; (ii) expanding
joint mother–infant services and providing training for such services; and
(iii) supporting outreach services for difficult to engage populations.
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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