Journal article

Improving access to and outcomes from mental health care in rural Australia

Belinda Morley, Jane Pirkis, Lucio Naccarella, Fay Kohn, Grant Blashkil, Philip Burgess

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF RURAL HEALTH | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Rural Australians face particular difficulties in accessing mental health care. This paper explores whether 51 rural Access to Allied Psychological Services projects, funded under the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care program, are improving such access, and, if so, whether this is translating to positive consumer outcomes. DESIGN AND METHOD: The paper draws on three data sources (a survey of models of service delivery, a minimum dataset and three case studies) to examine the operation and achievements of these projects, and makes comparisons with their 57 urban equivalents as relevant. RESULTS: Proportionally, uptake of the projects in rural areas has been higher than in urban..

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