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 sites.

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 organisations.

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 service delivery.

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 further research.

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ID Code: 28653
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Focus group, Rural mental health, Service provision
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2007.00870.x
ISSN: 1038-5282
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 03:16
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:10

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