Journal article

Implementing child and youth mental health services: early lessons from the Australian Primary Health Network Lead Site Project

Sanne Oostermeijer, Bridget Bassilios, Angela Nicholas, Michelle Williamson, Anna Machlin, Meredith Harris, Philip Burgess, Jane Pirkis

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEMS | BMC | Published : 2021

Abstract

AIM: Primary mental health care services play an important role in prevention and early intervention efforts to reduce the prevalence and impact of mental health problems amongst young people. This paper aimed to (1) investigate whether mental health services commissioned by Australia's 31 Primary Health Networks provided accessible care and increasingly reached children and youth across Australia, and (2) identify the challenges of, and facilitating factors to, implementing services for youth with, or at risk of, severe mental illness (i.e., youth enhanced services) in 10 PHNs which acted as mental health reform leaders (i.e., Lead Sites). METHODS: We used mixed methods, sourcing data from:..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health as part of the Primary Health Network Mental Health Reform Lead Site Project evaluation.