Mental health issues and resources in rural and regional communities : an exploration of perceptions of service providers
Turpin, Merrill, Bartlett, Helen, Kavanagh, David J., & Gallois, Cindy (2007) Mental health issues and resources in rural and regional communities : an exploration of perceptions of service providers. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 15(2), pp. 131-136.
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Objective: To identify service providers’ and community
organisations’ perceptions of the resources available to support people with mental illness and the unmet needs of this client group in rural Queensland.
Design: An exploratory study was undertaken
involving focus group interviews across the study
Setting: Five regional towns in rural Queensland.
Participants: Ten to 14 members were recruited for
each of the five focus groups. The groups represented a
diverse mix of participants including health and community
service providers and representatives from community
Results: Participants identified gaps in services in relation to health, employment and education, housing
and accommodation, transport and social inclusion and
health promotion. Inter-service communication and
inappropriate funding models were themes affecting
Conclusions: Specific service issues of housing and
transport were identified to be particularly problematic
for people with mental illness across all towns. Intersectoral communication and funding models require
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Focus group, Rural mental health, Service provision|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy) (110319)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
|Copyright Owner:||Journal compilation © 2007 National Rural Health Alliance Inc|
|Deposited On:||18 Nov 2009 13:16|
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2012 00:10|
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