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'Shared care - shared dream': Model of shared care in rural Australia between mental health services and general practitioners
journal contributionposted on 2007-02-01, 00:00 authored by D C Samy, P Hall, J Rounsevell, R Carr
Objective: To identify a working model between rural and remote mental health services and the local GPs in Australia. Design: Postal questionnaire to assess the GPs' satisfaction level with the involvement of the mental health services in their ongoing management of mentally ill in the community. Result: There was a greater sense of satisfaction with the mental health services over the five years this program was implemented. Conclusion: This study offers a model on how a rural mental health service could enter into a shared care program with the local GP practice and achieve a greater level of satisfaction in serving the rural communities in Australia. © 2007 The Authors; Journal Compilation © 2007 National Rural Health Alliance Inc.