Journal article

Enhanced primary mental healthcare for Indigenous Australians: service implementation strategies and perspectives of providers

L Reifels, undefined Nicholas, undefined Fletcher, undefined Bassilios, undefined King, undefined Ewen, undefined Pirkis

Global Health Research and Policy | Biomed Central Ltd | Published : 2018

Abstract

Background: Improving access to culturally appropriate mental healthcare has been recognised as a key strategy to address the often greater burden of mental health issues experienced by Indigenous populations. We present data from the evaluation of a national attempt at improving access to culturally appropriate mental healthcare for Indigenous Australians through a mainstream primary mental healthcare program, the Access to Allied Psychological Services program, whilst specifically focusing on the implementation strategies and perspectives of service providers. Methods: We conducted semi-structured interviews with 31 service providers (primary care agency staff, referrers, and mental health..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported through funding from the Australian Government Department of Health. The authors are solely responsible for the design of the study, the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, and the writing of the manuscript.