Psychotherapy in Australia : clinical psychology and its approach to depression

Kavanagh, David J., Littlefield, Lyn, Dooley, Roger, & O’Donovan, Analise (2007) Psychotherapy in Australia : clinical psychology and its approach to depression. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 63(8), pp. 725-733.

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In Australia, clinical psychology training is dominated by cognitive and behavioral treatments (CBTs), although there is exposure to other theoretical orientations. Since 2001, over 20% of general medical practitioners (GPs) have received training in CBT, and psychiatry training increasingly incorporates CBT elements. Psychotherapy by medical practitioners is financially supported by universal health care funding with supplementation by patients and their private health insurance. Federally funded health benefits for up to 12 psychology consultations per year are provided on referral from GPs and psychiatrists, and initial take up has been very strong. Mrs. A would be a typical patient for such a referral. However, she would not fulfil criteria for priority access from state-funded mental health services. Mrs. A would probably consult a GP and receive antidepressants, although she may also access a range of other community support programs. Access to and acceptance of psychotherapy would be greater in urban areas, and if she were of Anglo-Saxon and non- indigenous origin.

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ID Code: 28659
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Psychotherapy, Depression, Clinical psychology, Cognitive therapy
DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20387
ISSN: 0021-9762
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: Copyright 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2009 01:22
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:10

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