Journal article

Socio-economic disadvantage and resource distribution for mental health care: a model proposal and example application for Victoria, Australia

Graham Meadows, Frances Shawyer, Shrinkhala Dawadi, Brett Inder, Joanne Enticott

AUSTRALASIAN PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: A spreadsheet-based model for supporting equitable mental health resource distribution in Australia was developed, based on the Australian Health Survey (AHS) psychological distress findings associated with area socio-economic disadvantage (SED). An illustrative application is presented. METHOD: Stratum-specific psychological-distress rates for area SED quintiles are applied to local government areas, catchment areas and local health networks (LHNs). A case study applies the model to Victoria, including examining recommendations in the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health Services (RCVMHS) 2019 interim report for increases to bed stock in two LHNs. RESULTS: Need-adjusted..

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