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Australas Psychiatry. 2009 Jun;17(3):189-94. doi: 10.1080/10398560802657322.

Delivering youth-specific mental health services: the advantages of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary system.

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  • 1The Clinical Centre, Brain & Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Evidence suggests that quality mental health care is based on well-integrated multi-disciplinary care provided by a range of mental health, substance use, and general healthcare clinicians. There is a growing focus in Australia on providing this type of mental health care to young people, particularly those in the early stages of a major disorder. The development of such services has proceeded on the basis of limited service-based data and has also been impeded by current healthcare funding structures.

METHODS:

This report outlines the service characteristics of three models: a traditional 'fee for service' model, a specialized youth mental health clinic, and a new headspace multi-disciplinary site in South Western Sydney.

RESULTS:

Naturalistic data from these three services collected during their developmental phase indicate that each model is associated with differential demographic, illness and service organization characteristics.

CONCLUSIONS:

Compared with 'fee-for-service' type care, specialized youth models provide greater access to a broad range of multi-disciplinary clinicians.

PMID:
19296265
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