Between the idea and the reality: GP liaison in a rural setting

Gill, Neeraj and Amos, Andrew (2013) Between the idea and the reality: GP liaison in a rural setting. Australasian Psychiatry, 21 6: 567-571. doi:10.1177/1039856213496855

Author Gill, Neeraj
Amos, Andrew
Title Between the idea and the reality: GP liaison in a rural setting
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
Publication date 2013-12-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1039856213496855
Volume 21
Issue 6
Start page 567
End page 571
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: To describe the organisational, clinical and pragmatic features of a GP liaison service established by the Division of Mental Health in the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service catchment to facilitate the care of rural patients and improve communication between primary and specialist care.

Conclusions: The GP liaison service was created using funding from the Commonwealth STP initiative to provide weekly registrar clinics to primary care providers in the Darling Downs. The service was eagerly accepted by providers who saw patient benefits outweighing financial considerations. Expectations of a greater level of care than the assessment and advice provided reflects the large unmet need for mental health services in rural areas. GPs expressed enthusiasm for true collaborative care, such as case management overseen by the public mental health service but based at GP offices.
Keyword Collaborative care
GP liaison
Rural mental health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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