Authors: Phil Jones and Robert Habel, SA
Event: 2015 TheMHS Conference
Subject: 2015 Conference Book of Proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: A significant and growing number of people with a severe and disabling mental health illness are seeing their General Practitioner (GP) for their clinical management. This group are unable to or do not engage with State Mental Health Services, and as a consequence are considered ineligible for the psychosocial supports that are accessed via the State Mental Health Services. The GP Access Program has demonstrated in the Western and Southern Metropolitan Regions of Adelaide that it is able to provide psychosocial supports to people with serious mental illness who see a GP for their clinical management, with no need for Care Coordination from State Mental Health Services. A 2012 evaluation of GP Access and the 148 people it supported over 12 months demonstrated that this group had a level of need comparable with those accessing State Mental Health Services and their need significantly reduced over a 12 month period.