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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