Mental health in rural Tasmania: a preliminary report from the field

Campbell, Alistair, Walker, Judith, and Howard, Peter (2001) Mental health in rural Tasmania: a preliminary report from the field. In: Proceedings fo the 6th National Rural Health Conference. From: 6th National Rural Health Conference, 4-7 March 2001, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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There are different ways of providing mental health services to Australians living in rural and remote areas. Most involve visiting mental health specialists providing consultancy or clinical service to local medical practitioners or generic health professionals. Few involve the location of a mental health specialist in the community to provide clinical service, consultancy and case management. Yet, such a model is generally acknowledged as probably most likely to provide effective service delivery. Approximately four years ago, a general medical practice in a rural community in Tasmania employed a mental health specialist through a one-off Commonwealth grant. The role of this person includes provision of direct clinical service to members of the community, consultancy on mental health conditions to local medical practitioners, and assisting the professional and general community in gaining a better understanding of mental health issues. In 1999, the University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) in Tasmania was asked to establish a research program to evaluate the model. The UDRH agreed to undertake the research and added to the model by including rural mental health as part of the undergraduate preparation in Medicine, Nursing and Allied health disciplines. The research is currently in progress and the design involves a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. This paper presents the research design for the quantitative method, that involves three stages of data collection, and explores the initial data that has been gathered in the first stage of the research project.

Item ID: 17450
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2018 23:28
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 50%
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