Journal article

Clinicians' perceptions of the Australian Paediatric Mental Health Service System: Problems and solutions

Kate Paton, Lynn Gillam, Hayley Warren, Melissa Mulraney, David Coghill, Daryl Efron, Michael Sawyer, Harriet Hiscock

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2021


OBJECTIVES: Despite substantial investment by governments, the prevalence of mental health disorders in developed countries remains unchanged over the past 20 years. As 50% of mental health conditions present before 14 years of age, access to high-quality mental health care for children is crucial. Barriers to access identified by parents include high costs and long wait times, difficulty navigating the health system, and a lack of recognition of the existence and/or severity of the child's mental health disorder. Often neglected, but equally important, are clinician views about the barriers to and enablers of access to high-quality mental health care. We aimed to determine perspectives of A..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship Award

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: The project's study design and conduct, data collection, management, analysis and interpretation were funded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Grant No. 1129957. H.H. is supported by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship Award 1136222. The Murdoch Children's Research Institute administered the grants and provided infrastructural support to its staff but played no role in the conduct or analysis of the research. D.F.'s position is funded by a Clinician Scientist Fellowship from MCRI. The Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program support research at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.