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.
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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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Psychotherapy, Depression, Clinical psychology, Cognitive therapy|
|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 11:22|
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2012 00:10|
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