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Integrating psychologists into the Canadian health care system : the example of Australia

Moulding, Richard, Grenier, Jean, Blashki, Grant, Ritchie, Pierre, Pirkis, Jane and Chomienne, Marie-Helene 2009, Integrating psychologists into the Canadian health care system : the example of Australia, Canadian journal of public health, vol. 100, no. 2, March-April, pp. 145-147.

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Title Integrating psychologists into the Canadian health care system : the example of Australia
Author(s) Moulding, RichardORCID iD for Moulding, Richard
Grenier, Jean
Blashki, Grant
Ritchie, Pierre
Pirkis, Jane
Chomienne, Marie-Helene
Journal name Canadian journal of public health
Volume number 100
Issue number 2
Season March-April
Start page 145
End page 147
Total pages 3
Publisher Canadian Public Health Association
Place of publication Ottawa, Ont.
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 0008-4263
Keyword(s) Mental health services
mood disorders
anxiety disorders
primary health care
Summary Canada and Australia share many similarities in terms of demographics and the structure of their health systems; however, there has been a divergence in policy approaches to public funding of psychological care. Recent policy reforms in Australia have substantially increased community access to psychologists for evidence-based treatment for high prevalence disorders. In Canada, access remains limited with the vast majority of consultations occurring in the private sector, which is beyond the reach of many individuals due to cost considerations. With the recent launch of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, it is timely to reflect on the context of the current Canadian and Australian systems of psychological care. We argue that integrating psychologists into the publicly-funded primary care system in Canada would be feasible, beneficial for consumers, and cost-effective.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C2.1 Other contribution to refereed journal
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