Enablers and barriers to accessing mental health services for adults with high prevalence psychological disorders in South West Victoria

Reddy, Prasuna, Morrison, Jane and Schlicht, Kate 2009, Enablers and barriers to accessing mental health services for adults with high prevalence psychological disorders in South West Victoria, in APS 2009 : Conference proceedings of the 44th Australian Psychological Society Conference 2009, Australian Psychological Society Ltd, Melbourne, Vic..

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Title Enablers and barriers to accessing mental health services for adults with high prevalence psychological disorders in South West Victoria
Author(s) Reddy, Prasuna
Morrison, Jane
Schlicht, Kate
Conference name Australian Psychological Society. Conference (44th : 2009 : Darwin, Northern Territory)
Conference location Darwin, Northern Territory
Conference dates 30 September - 4 October, 2009
Title of proceedings APS 2009 : Conference proceedings of the 44th Australian Psychological Society Conference 2009
Publication date 2009
Total pages 1 conference paper
Publisher Australian Psychological Society Ltd
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Knowing what services are available and how to access them can be challenging in rural areas. The aim of the South West Mental Health Mapping project was to identify the level, accessibility and effectiveness of mental health services for high prevalence psychological disorders amongst the adult population in the South West region of Victoria. This study includes data from a number of sources: regional records of the number and location of health professionals; a telephone survey of 1297 people in five Local Government Areas in the region; and a social network analysis of contact points. Additional qualitative interviews and surveys were conducted with 25 service recipients and 37 health professionals to identify issues from different perspective. This paper will focus on the social network analysis of the project. It highlights the relative prominence of each type of service provider within the overall network. The social network map shows the centrality of the General Practitioner and the wide range of agencies that become involved in supporting people with mental health issues. The discussion identifies primary contact points for people seeking help and places of referral. The main barrier acknowledged by people requiring assistance was lack of knowledge about where to go for help. Enablers included Medicare Better Access funded schemes. The findings show that there is a reasonable range of mental health professionals across the region, although there are challenges with recruitment and retention of staff. Even with available services, a major problem is communicating this information to potential consumers
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Language eng
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category EN.1 Other conference paper
Copyright notice ©2009, APS
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021609

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