A new model of mental health care promised benefits for consumers and local mental health staff.

Project Status

Completed Projects

Chief Investigators

David Perkins

Other Team Members

Karen Larsen

Rationale

Rural and remote consumers have poor access to specialist mental health services. Community mental health teams have limited acccess to specialist support and advice. A new model of mental health care promised benefits for consumers and local mental health staff.

Aim

The aim of the program was to design and evaluate a new model of mental health service provision in the Far West of New South Wales.

Design and Method

Mixed quantitative (survey), quaitative (interview) and analysis of provider data.

Key Publications

Perkins DA, Roberts R, Sanders T and Rosen R. (2006) The Far West Area Health Service Mental Health Integration Project: A Model for Rural Australia? Australian Journal of Rural Health, Vol. 14, issue 3, p. 105

David Perkins, David Lyle (2005) Is the Far West Mental Health Integration Project making a difference? The General Practitioner Perspective. Australian Journal of Primary Health Vol 11 No. 3 pp 32-37.

Kathy Eagar, Jane Pirkis, Alan Owen, Philip Burgess, Natasha Posner, David Perkins, (2005) Lessons from the National Mental Health Integration Program, Australian Health Review, 2005, 29, 189-200, ISSN 0156-5788.

Contact

David Perkins Email: DPerkins@gwahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Key Partners

University Department of Rural Health (Broken Hill), University Sydney

Funding

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Project lead centre
CEPHRIS
Project stream
Health System Integration and Primary Health Care Development
Project start date
2002
Project end date
2004