Innovative mental health solutions for regional well-being and resilience

March, Sonja and Ireland, Michael and Brownlow, Charlotte and Goh, Hong Eng and Antonio, Amy and Tehan, Gerry and Keppell, Mike (2014) Innovative mental health solutions for regional well-being and resilience. In: 2nd Digital Rural Futures Conference 2014, 25-27 Jun 2014, Toowoomba, Australia.

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As the second largest and most decentralised state in mainland Australia, Queensland possesses population and geographical characteristics that produce unique challenges to the health and resilience of communities outside of its metropolitan centres. Research gaps are apparent in the absence of a comprehensive examination of the unique needs of various regional communities and of health professionals servicing these communities.
Significant opportunity exists to integrate digital, innovative and flexible solutions into the provision of health and mental health care services to regional areas, yet little systematic evaluation or attempts at resource dissemination exist. This presentation introduces a
newly formed team of researchers from clinical health and mental health backgrounds, as well as experts in digital technologies and online learning systems. It will describe a
program of research that represents a consolidation of expertise, collaborations and projects that is uniquely placed to shed light on the health and wellbeing issues of regional communities in Southern Queensland and make meaningful inroads towards amending these. Specifically, it will provide an overview of our program of research that aims to identify unique, local health and mental health needs, as well as building upon these findings to develop and disseminate multi-level assessments, interventions and resources targeting various health and mental health problems at the individual, family and community level. The current program has the potential to bridge significant gaps in locally appropriate health support, resources, and services for regional communities.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Lecture)
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Additional Information: This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 04 May 2015 05:12
Last Modified: 15 May 2017 23:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural health; mental health services; Queensland; resilient communities
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080612 Interorganisational Information Systems and Web Services
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services

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