Journal article

'Victoria on the move': Mental health services in a decade of transition 1992-2002

G Meadows, B Singh

Australasian Psychiatry | Published : 2003


Objective: Australia adopted a national mental health strategy in the early 1990s and each State has had to go through its own implementation process in the intervening years. The present paper describes the process of reform in services in Victoria, and ventures explanations as to why the process may have been more comprehensive and successful than in other States. Conclusions: Victoria adopted a Statewide 'framework', defining structural elements of area-based services, with rational resource distribution. A transitional process involving a population health approach and relatively rigid implementation of a tightly specified service framework, within a political environment that favoured s..

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