Accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia

4 December 2018

© Commonwealth of Australia 2018
ISBN 978-1-76010-860-1

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(PDF 31KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 169KB)

Defining rural and remote
Prevalence of mental illness and suicide in rural and remote Australia
Living in rural and remote communities
National framework for mental health
Overview of state government services and strategies
Structure of the report
Conduct of the inquiry
Notes on references

Chapter 2 - Funding and mental health service models (PDF 761KB)

State and territory funding for mental health
Federal funding for mental health
The stepped care model for service planning and delivery
Commissioning services for community needs
Technology and service provision
Mapping and data for service design and delivery
Concluding committee view

Chapter 3 - Barriers to accessing mental health services (PDF 404KB)

Access rates of mental health services
Are services available when and where they are needed?
Transport, telecommunications and the tyranny of distance
Other social determinants of health
Attitudes to mental health
Concluding committee view

Chapter 4 - Culturally competent services (PDF 354KB)

Service contexts
Culturally competent services
Social and emotional wellbeing programs
Suicide prevention
National strategic framework
Framework failures
Concluding committee view

Chapter 5 - Mental health workforce (PDF 198KB)

Challenges in attracting and retaining mental health professionals
Training the workforce
Concluding committee view

Chapter 6 - Conclusion and recommendations (PDF 44KB)

A strategic response to deliver a complex service
Putting the community at the centre of the approach
The role of the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Funding services appropriately
Strengthening the strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health
Increasing professional workforce support
Reducing stigma in rural and remote communities

APPENDIX 1 - Submissions and additional information received by the Committee (PDF 39KB)
APPENDIX 2 - Public hearings (PDF 42KB)
APPENDIX 3 - Summary of committee sites visits related to the inquiry (PDF 404KB)

Profile of the WKRP
Impact of services on prisoners
Profile of the BWC
Programs at BWC

APPENDIX 4 - Primary Health Networks in Australia (PDF 302KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515