Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes - Submission to National Mental Health Commission

28 April 2014

The National Rural Health Alliance submission to the National Mental Health Commission Review provides new evidence, sourced from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), showing clearly that people in rural and remote areas are disadvantaged in access to Medicare funded mental health services. Recommendations include design of mental health services that are fit-for-purpose in rural and remote areas, improved mental health first aid capacity for front line agencies and workers outside of health, continuing professional development in mental health for rural health professionals, appropriate use of online and telephone mental health services, continuation of targeted rural mental health programs and more general programs that support mental health such as MBS for telehealth and better recognition and resourcing of community organisations for their contribution to community health and wellbeing.

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