How an urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care service improved access to mental health care

Hepworth, Julie, Askew, Deborah, Foley, Wendy, Duthie, Deb, Shuter, Patricia, Combo, Michelle, & Clemments, Lesley-Ann (2015) How an urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care service improved access to mental health care. International Journal for Equity in Health, 14(51).

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience higher levels of psychological distress and mental ill health than their non-Indigenous counterparts, but underuse mental health services. Interventions are required to address the structural and functional access barriers that cause this underuse. In 2012, the Southern Queensland Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care employed a psychologist and a social worker to integrate mental health care into its primary health care services. This research study examines the impact of this innovation.

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ID Code: 84858
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Access, Cultural safety, Indigenous, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Mental health services, Primary health care, Integrated care, Qualitative research, Psychology, Social work
DOI: 10.1186/s12939-015-0183-x
ISSN: 1475-9276
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Hepworth et al.
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Deposited On: 17 Jun 2015 22:59
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