Journal article

The APEC Digital Hub-WONCA Collaborative Framework on Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care in the Asia Pacific

Chris Dowrick, Ryuki Kassai, Cindy LK Lam, Raymond W Lam, Garth Manning, Jill Murphy, Chee H Ng, Chandramani Thuraisingham

Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare | DOVE MEDICAL PRESS LTD | Published : 2020


Mental ill health affects individual well-being and national economic prosperity and makes up a substantial portion of the burden of disease globally, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Integrating mental health into primary care is widely considered a key strategy to improve access to mental health care. Integration, however, is a complex process that needs to be addressed at multiple levels. A collaboration between the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Digital Hub for Mental Health and the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) is described in this paper, which outlines a framework and next steps to improve the mental health of communities in APEC economies. This paper not..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an independent medical education grant from Upjohn, a division of Pfizer. The medical education grant provided funding for the working group meeting and editorial assistance in the development of the manuscript. Neither honoraria nor payments were made for authorship.