Mental health system development in Asia: does Australia have a role?

Arandjelovic, Katarina, Eyre, Harris A., Forbes, Malcolm P., Bauer, Renee, Aggarwal, Shilpa, Singh, Ajeet B., Baune, Bernhard T., Everall, Ian, Berk, Michael and Ng, Chee 2016, Mental health system development in Asia: does Australia have a role?, Australian & New Zealand journal of psychiatry, vol. 50, no. 9, pp. 834-841, doi: 10.1177/0004867416647798.

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Title Mental health system development in Asia: does Australia have a role?
Author(s) Arandjelovic, Katarina
Eyre, Harris A.
Forbes, Malcolm P.
Bauer, Renee
Aggarwal, Shilpa
Singh, Ajeet B.
Baune, Bernhard T.
Everall, Ian
Berk, MichaelORCID iD for Berk, Michael
Ng, Chee
Journal name Australian & New Zealand journal of psychiatry
Volume number 50
Issue number 9
Start page 834
End page 841
Total pages 8
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-09
ISSN 1440-1614
Keyword(s) Asia
mental health
Summary BACKGROUND: Socioeconomic trends herald what many describe as the Asian Century, whereby Asian economic, political and cultural influence is in global ascendency. Broadening relevant ties between Australia and Asia is evident and logical and may include strengthening alliances in mental health systems. AIM: We argue the importance of strengthening Asian mental health systems and some of the roles Australian mental health workers could have in promoting strengthening the Asian mental health system. METHODS: This paper is a narrative review which sources data from reputable search databases. RESULTS: A well-articulated Australian strategy to support strengthening the mental health system in Asia is lacking. While there are active initiatives operating in this space, these remain fragmented and underdeveloped. Coordinated, collaborative and culturally respectful efforts to enhance health education, research, policy, leadership and development assistance are key opportunities. CONCLUSION: Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have a unique opportunity to contribute to improved mental health outcomes in Asia.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0004867416647798
Field of Research 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy)
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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