Journal article

Community mental health care in Mongolia: adapting best practice to local culture

Narmandakh Altanzul, Luvsandorj Erdenebayar, Chee Ng, Sandag Byambasuren, Nalin Sharma, Gombodorj Tsetsegdary

AUSTRALASIAN PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this paper is to describe the development of community mental health care in Mongolia, as exemplified by a best practice model of care in the community. CONCLUSION: Through the Asia-Pacific Community Mental Health Development Project, Mongolia has identified local best practice such as the 'Ger' project that provides community psychosocial rehabilitation, which has been adapted according to local conditions and culture. Cultural considerations are important in producing effective clinical outcomes and a better quality of life for people with mental illness. The project has also shown that it is possible for persons with mental illness to receive rehabilitation effectiv..

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The first author (NA) was supported by a WHO Global Fellowship and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists when she prepared this work during her study placement in the POST Program at St. Vincent's Mental Health in 2007. The authors would like to acknowledge Margaret Goding and Bronwen Merner of Asia-Australia Mental Health for their assistance with editing.