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Aust J Public Health. 1995 Aug;19(4):403-6.

Mental health services in Sydney nursing homes.

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Research Unit, Rozelle Hospital, Sydney.


Senior nursing staff of the 58 nursing homes in one health area of Sydney were interviewed concerning mental health services and staff education. One or more psychiatrically trained staff were employed in 45 per cent of the nursing homes. Most nursing homes received services from a psychiatrist or another mental health professional, but the average time per month provided by them to see residents was less than one hour in 18 (31 per cent), one to two hours in 16 (28 per cent), and three hours or more in only 11 (19 per cent). Forty-four (76 per cent) wanted more mental health services to be provided, especially for advice on management of disturbed behaviour. A substantial number of the nursing homes (at least 28 per cent) provided no ongoing education to their staff about dementia or other psychiatric problems. There is good reason to encourage greater use of mental health professionals in Sydney nursing homes; enhanced funding of area psychiatric services for elderly people is desirable to allow these services to be more readily available.

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