Mental health in the island nations of the Western Pacific: A rapid review of the literature

Hunter, Ernest, Thusanth, Sneha, McCalman, Janya, and Gopalkrishnan, Narayan (2015) Mental health in the island nations of the Western Pacific: A rapid review of the literature. Australasian Psychiatry, 23 (6). pp. 9-12.

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Abstract

Objectives: The aim of the study was to identify mental-health-relevant literature accessible to policy makers and healthcare workers in the island nations of the Western Pacific.

Methods: Material collated to support the inaugural Leadership in Mental Health: Island Nations course held in Cairns in May 2015 was used as the basis of a "rapid review".

Results: The rapid review considered 303 documents identified by a search carried out using James Cook University's OneSearch, Google Scholar, and the authors' knowledge. Search terms included mental health and the like, and terms with Pacific and current Pacific island country names. Findings were classified by region/country, year of release/publication, mental health issue addressed, peer-reviewed or grey literature, and type of study. Almost half of the findings had been released in the previous five years. However, only 36% were peer-reviewed publications and only 3.6% of the findings were intervention studies.

Conclusions: There is limited easily accessible documentation to confidently direct practice or policies regarding which strategies are likely to be effective in responding to the high rates of mental ill-health experienced in the Pacific island nations, or to plan for increases as a consequence of rapid social and demographic changes that are transforming Pacific island societies.

Item ID: 41572
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: western Pacific, island nations, global mental health
ISSN: 1440-1665
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2016 01:56
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health @ 80%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111715 Pacific Peoples Health @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 20%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified @ 10%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 70%
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