Journal article

Improving access to primary mental healthcare for Indigenous Australians

Lennart Reifels, Bridget Bassilios, Angela Nicholas, Justine Fletcher, Kylie King, Shaun Ewen, Jane Pirkis

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the uptake, population reach and outcomes of primary mental healthcare services provided to Indigenous Australians via the Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program between 2003 and 2013, with particular reference to enhanced Indigenous ATAPS services introduced from 2010. METHOD: Utilising ATAPS program data from a national minimum data set and comparative population data, we conducted descriptive analyses, regression analyses and t-tests to examine the uptake of ATAPS services, provider agency level predictors of service reach, and preliminary outcome data on consumer level outcomes. RESULTS: Between 2003 and 2013, 15,450 Indigenous client referrals were..

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