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|Title:||Integrating psychologists into primary mental health care in Australia|
|Citation:||Families, Systems, & Health, 2004; 22(3):294-305|
|Publisher:||American Psychological Association|
|Helen R. Winefield and Anna Chur-Hansen|
|Abstract:||This article summarizes developments in Australian primary mental health care, where the federal government recently initiated a program through which clinical psychologists are funded to work collaboratively in primary health care settings, providing interventions for people suffering from psychological disorders who could not otherwise gain access to treatment. The article examines emerging issues concerning underpreparedness for collaboration between family medicine and clinical psychology. Because interprofessional education is often suggested as a solution, the article reviews the empirical literature on its benefits but finds a disappointing lack of evidence. Finally, it considers even higher levels of systems change, involving psychologists learning to work with managers, accountants, politicians, and economists, which will be required to achieve sustainable integrated primary mental health care.|
|Description:||This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record. © American Psychological Association|
|Appears in Collections:||Psychiatry publications|
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