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June 6, 2018

Coordinating Mental and Physical Health Care in Rural Australia: An Integrated Model for Primary Care Settings

Region: Western Pacific Scientific publication Empowering and engaging people and communities, Strengthening governance and accountability, Creating an enabling environment Source: International Journal of Integrated Care

The "GP Clinic" providers primary health care to people using community mental health services in a small town in Australia. This article examines the factors that have driven successful integration in this rural location. Integrated physical and mental health service models that focus on building local service provider relationships and are responsive to community needs and outcomes may be more beneficial in rural settings than top down approaches that focus on policies, formal structures, and governance.