Where do I Start? Access to Mental Health Services in rural and remote Southern Mallee
Southern Mallee PCP conducted an action research project Where do I start? Access to Mental Health Services in rural and remote Southern Mallee in partnership with La Trobe University Rural Health School, Bendigo. In this study, service providers, consumers and carers come together to explore mental health service access in small rural communities in the southern mallee. Twenty consumers and carers were interviewed with seven themes emerging: Try standing in my shoes, Creating a drama, Capability aligned with need, Seeking stability and connection, Unseen and unimportant, Pick your team, and People like me. Recommendations from this project included stigma reduction, service coordination and early intervention to avoid crisis. The key recommendation is for a multi-sectoral, whole of system approach.
SMPCP Board of Management at their October 2015 meeting agreed to;
1. Pursue financial support and resources to undertake a multi-sectoral, whole of system approach which focuses on stigma reduction strategies, service coordination, early intervention to avoid crises, skill and knowledge development of health professionals and other support workers, improved discharge planning, recognition of the role of families and carers, different methods of engaging with people, and a central coordination model in the Southern Mallee.
2. Continue to facilitate the Project Advisory Group with the purpose to plan, implement and evaluate the project recommendations. The membership of this group will be broadened to incorporate more members of the community with a lived experience and member agencies of the Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership.
The Full Report, a Summary Report, Poster (below) and Digital Story (above) have now been released.