Integrated Mental Health Services.

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INTEGRATED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. Originally the Australian Mental Health System was based on institutionalisation. Patients were treated, some for their entire life, within an institution that provided care through a range of services under a facility that was managed independently within a community. In 1983, the deinstitutionalisation movement began with the Australian government ‘mainstreaming’ the provision of mental health services into the community. This decision required the development of strategies and large financial funding by the Australian government in order to establish public health services for the mentally ill and their families or carers within the community. Mental Health Services were established throughout Australia with each state and territory developing their own systems. Within each state, catchment areas were developed. They were defined by boundaries and in turn, each catchment area developed their own specific Mental Health Services to support their area under their states or territories authority. Collaboration between health professionals and various services provided a new approach to individually treat people with mental illness within their community. This new approach assisted with reducing the related stigma for people who attend mental health services. However, today barriers and gaps still exist within the health care system and the community that are not ideal and these flaws can reduce access for the consumer and carer to obtain support and care from services. Within this essay, I will endeavour to examine potential barriers and gaps that consumers and carers have to negotiate in order to obtain service. Through research I will provide possible strategies to overcome various problems with integration, coordination and continuity of care so that mental health care needs are met and people are fully supported
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