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New money for mental health: will it make things better-for rural and remote Australia?

Dunbar, James A., Hickie, Ian B., Wakerman, John and Reddy, Prasuna (2007). New money for mental health: will it make things better-for rural and remote Australia?. Medical Journal of Australia,186(11):587-589.

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Title New money for mental health: will it make things better-for rural and remote Australia?
Author Dunbar, James A.
Hickie, Ian B.
Wakerman, John
Reddy, Prasuna
Journal Name Medical Journal of Australia
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 186
Issue Number 11
ISSN 0025-729X   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 587
End Page 589
Total Pages 3
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company Pty. Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract •New Australian government funding for the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care initiative is a significant step forward for mental health, with general practitioners now able to offer direct referrals to psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and Aboriginal health workers.

•Incentives for better teamwork between GPs and other mental health professionals have been introduced, but may have unintended consequences, including an exacerbation of workforce shortages in rural and remote areas.

•Possible solutions to these shortages include rural scholarships for students in the mental health professions; recruitment and retention of students coordinated by university departments of rural health; better access to continuing professional development; and federally funded rural positions and additional financial incentives for rural mental health practitioners.

Keywords Australia
mental health
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