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New money for mental health : will it make things better for rural and remote Australia?

Dunbar, James, Hickie, Ian B., Wakerman, John and Reddy, Prasuna 2007, New money for mental health : will it make things better for rural and remote Australia?, Medical journal of Australia, vol. 186, no. 11, pp. 587-589.

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Title New money for mental health : will it make things better for rural and remote Australia?
Author(s) Dunbar, James
Hickie, Ian B.
Wakerman, John
Reddy, Prasuna
Journal name Medical journal of Australia
Volume number 186
Issue number 11
Start page 587
End page 589
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company Pty. Ltd
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2007-06-04
ISSN 0025-729x
Keyword(s) Australia
family practice
health care costs
health services accessibility
humans
medically underserved area
mental disorders -- economics
mental disorders -- prevention & control
mental health services
mental health services -- economics
mental health services -- utilization
national health programs
referral & consultation
rural health services
rural health services -- manpower
Summary New Australian government funding for the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care initiative is a significant step forward for mental health, with general practitioners now able to offer direct referrals to psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and Aboriginal health workers. Incentives for better teamwork between GPs and other mental health professionals have been introduced, but may have unintended consequences, including an exacerbation of workforce shortages in rural and remote areas. Possible solutions to these shortages include rural scholarships for students in the mental health professions; recruitment and retention of students coordinated by university departments of rural health; better access to continuing professional development; and federally funded rural positions and additional financial incentives for rural mental health practitioners.
Language eng
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Australasian Medical Publishing Company Proprietary, Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007127

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