UDRH Mental Health Project
The GGT UDRH's Mental Health Project for health professionals aims to:
- Increase access to mental health services for rural and remote Australians
- Improve the ability of other health professionals to recognise and deal with mental health issues among their clients and patients
- Provide community engagement to increase the awareness of mental health issues among people living in rural and remote areas
- To provide mentoring and supervision for under graduate and post graduate students of mental health disciplines within the Greater Green Triangle region
The program offers health professionals access to a range of education and training sessions, seminars and workshops. The program also aims to develop and implement a range of resources and tools for health professionals and the general community that assist with raising awareness and improving management of mental health issues.
Currently this program is actively working with numerous universities and organisations both within Victoria and South Australia to provide clinical placements in a number of rural health settings.
Over the longer term it is expected that the initiative will improve recruitment and retention of mental health professionals by increasing clinical training capacity and improving support structures and networks. The second aim is to increase community awareness about mental health and services available in the Greater Green Triangle region.
Funding body: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Chief Investigators: Professor James Dunbar (GGT UDRH, Flinders University & Deakin University)
Current Funding (2011/2014): $342,174
Total Funding: (2007/2008, 2008/2009-2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011- 2014) $888,733