Building service capacity within a Regional District Mental Health Service: recommendations from an indigenous mental health symposium

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Eley, D. S. and Hunter, K.. 2006. "Building service capacity within a Regional District Mental Health Service: recommendations from an indigenous mental health symposium." Rural and Remote Health. 6 (1), pp. 1-7.
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Building service capacity within a Regional District Mental Health Service: recommendations from an indigenous mental health symposium

ERA Journal ID13681
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsEley, D. S. (Author) and Hunter, K. (Author)
Journal TitleRural and Remote Health
Journal Citation6 (1), pp. 1-7
Article Number448
Number of Pages7
Year2006
PublisherJames Cook University
Place of PublicationDeakin West, Australia
ISSN1445-6354
Web Address (URL)https://www.rrh.org.au/journal/article/448
Abstract

[Abstract]: In response to recent developments within the mental health services of south-east Queensland, the Toowoomba District Mental Health Service (TDMHS) has developed a Model of Service Delivery, which outlines the range of services provided for consumers across their lifespan. Indigenous consumers of the TDMHS come from a wide area of communities in the surrounding shires (Rural, remote and metropolitan areas (RRMA) 4-7). It was recognised by the service that Indigenous mental health consumers have unique needs and, because of these needs, this area of service delivery required greater attention and further development. In December 2004, a symposium was organised by the service to bring together a range of speakers and delegates working in the area of Indigenous mental health to discuss issues and work towards developing strategies to enable the service to better meet the needs of Indigenous consumers in this region of south-east Queensland.

Issues: The symposium program consisted of keynote speakers and invited papers and culminated with an afternoon workshop that collated the symposium’s main issues and themes around building service capacity for Indigenous mental health consumers. The objective of the workshop was ‘Identifying ways to meet Indigenous mental health needs’. This workshop gave the delegates a chance to reflect, discuss and brainstorm the major issues of concern relating to this question. A group facilitator guided the discussion and organised the delegates into groups to evaluate, debate and propose recommendations for each of the major issues that emerged.

Lessons learned: The feedback and discussion arising from the workshop is presented. Sixteen major themes emerged from the workshop. Seven of these were voted by the participants as being dominant and in greatest need of discussion: (1) communication; (2) cultural respect; (3) culturally appropriate clinical tools; (4) supportive management; (5) patient compliance; (6) career structure; and (7) empowerment. These seven themes are discussed and recommendations arising from the workshop are noted.

Keywordsindigenous mental health, regional health district, service capacity building
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020450499. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing not elsewhere classified
429999. Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
420313. Mental health services
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First published in the international electronic journal, Rural and Remote Health [http://rrh.deakin.edu.au/]
Citation: Eley, Diann and Hunter, Keith (2006) Building service capacity within a regional district mental health service: recommendations from an Indigenous mental health symposium. Rural and Remote Health 6(1). Available from: http://rrh.deakin.edu.au/

Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Department of Health, Queensland
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