Improving the integration of mental health services in primary health care at the macro level

Posted by Sharyn Rognrust, Category: Health & Wellbeing, Mental Health, Planning & Evaluation,

Mental disorders are highly prevalent in Australia. Comorbidities (both physical and mental) are common and many people with mental health conditions also face a range of non-medical issues. Most people requiring mental health care are supported in primary health care (PHC), but some also need specialist care. Ideally, in multidisciplinary, collaborative care approaches, mental health services need to integrate with partners across PHC and broader areas of the health system, but also develop close ties to non-health sectors, including housing, employment and education read more