The National Mental Health Strategy and Geographical Access to Mental Health Services: Some empirical results

Doessel, D. P., SCHEURER, R., Chant, D. C. and Whiteford, H. (2006) The National Mental Health Strategy and Geographical Access to Mental Health Services: Some empirical results. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 12 2: 233-257.

Author Doessel, D. P.
SCHEURER, R.
Chant, D. C.
Whiteford, H.
Title The National Mental Health Strategy and Geographical Access to Mental Health Services: Some empirical results
Journal name Australasian Journal of Regional Studies
ISSN 1324-0935
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 12
Issue 2
Start page 233
End page 257
Total pages 25
Place of publication Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australian and New Zealand Section of the Regional Science Association
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321204 Mental Health
730211 Mental health
1604 Human Geography
Abstract In 1992 the Australian Government adopted the National Mental Health Strategy in an attempt to improve the provision of mental health services. A component was to improve geographical access to hospital-based mental health services. This paper is concerned with determining if this objective has been achieved. Time-series data on patients (at a regional level) with mental illness in the State of Queensland are available for the years from 1968-69 to 2002-03. A change in regional classification by the Australian Bureau of Statistics complicates the analysis by precluding certain empirical tests such as converging utilisation rates by region. To overcome this problem, it was decided to apply concepts of concentration and equality that are commonly employed in industrial economics to the regional data. The empirical results show no evidence of improving regional access following the National Mental Health Strategy: in fact the statistical results show the opposite, i.e. declining regional access.
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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