Is a national framework for implementing early psychosis services necessary? Results of a survey of Australian mental health service directors

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Title Is a national framework for implementing early psychosis services necessary? Results of a survey of Australian mental health service directors
Author Catts, Stanley V.; Evans, Russell W.; O'Toole, Brian I.; Carr, Vaughan J.; Lewin, Terry; Neil, Amanda L.; Harris, Meredith G.; Frost, Aaron D.J.; Crissman, Belinda Rochelle; Eadie, Kathy
Journal Name Early Intervention in Psychiatry
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Abstract Aim: Expert opinion holds that the rate of implementation of specialist services for first presentation psychosis in Australia is much too slow. We aimed to collect evidence regarding this view from the first national survey of adult public mental health services about their self-reported efforts to implement specialist early psychosis intervention (EPI). Methods: Using a purpose-designed Census form for assessing EPI implementation, adult public mental health service directors throughout Australia were asked about EPI-relevant local service activities. Results: Sixty Census forms were returned (response rate = 61%), representing a total catchment population of 12.5 million people. A minority of services reported high levels of EPI implementation, which varied widely between area services and across state and territory jurisdictions. Rural and remote services were overrepresented in the lowest levels of reported EPI implementation. Only one service characteristic, the value of identifiable funding committed specifically to EPI, was predictive of level of reported EPI implementation. Conclusions: The disturbingly high levels of variability in EPI implementation across jurisdictions suggest a pressing need for a set of nationally agreed uniform EPI implementation standards. Additional specific strategies for rural and remote mental health services may be needed for these services to implement EPI.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-7893.2009.00157.x
Volume 4
Issue Number 1
Page from 25
Page to 30
ISSN 1751-7893
Date Accessioned 2011-01-31
Date Available 2011-02-14T09:13:26Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36150
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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