This narrative synthesis addressses the role of generalism in mental health care in promary health care settings and identifies the impications for the Australiam health care system.

Project Status

Completed Projects

Chief Investigators

David Perkins, Gawaine Powell Davies, Julie McDonald, Mark Harris

Associate Investigators

Anna Williams, Helen Lester

Other Team Members

Karen Larsen

Rationale

This narrative synthesis addressses the following questions:

What roles do generalist primary health care providers currently play in provision of care to people with mental health problems in Australia?

2. What elements of mental health care are best undertaken by generalist primary health care service providers, taking account of the range of patients and mental health problems (including co-morbidities)? When should this be alone or in shared care relationships with specialist providers?

3. What are the workforce implications of different arrangements supported by the evidence?

4. How does this relate to current workforce and other primary healthcare initiatives in Australia?

Aim

To conduct a narrative synthesis of evidence for the role of generalism in mental health care in promary health care settings and to identify impication for the Australiam health care system.

Design and Method

Narrative Review

Key Publications

Williams A, McDonald J, Perkins D, Powell Davies G, Harris M, Larsen K, Lester H. What is the role of generalism in mental health care in Australia? General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Conference, Sydney, 23-25 May 2007.

Contact

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

Key Partners

National Primary Health Care Research and Development Centre, University of Manchester, UK

Funding

Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute

Project lead centre
CHEPHRIS
Project stream
Health System Integration and Primary Health Care Development
Project start date
2006
Project end date
2007