Authors: Joanne Webb, Sharafat Malek, & Rick McLean, NSW
Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference
Subject: From isolation to Better Rural Mental Health Services, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, dubbo, Depression, psycho-social educational unit , Anxiety and Stress
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Lyndarra Program was developed by clinicians on site to treat depression and anxiety. The 5-week program, based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, is operated by Greater Western Area Health and is located near Dubbo in Central Western NSW. Lyndarra is situated in a rural setting, and has adapted to a client group which includes people from rural and remote locations. A study of short and long-term results, augmented by a client satisfaction survey, was undertaken to examine the effectiveness of the program. Admission and discharge scores on the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale showed a mean reduction in both depression and anxiety from the severe range to the normal range. Follow-up testing at 3, 6 and 12 months after discharge indicated that improvements were largely sustained. The client satisfaction survey confirmed that clients found the program very helpful. The program could generalise to other settings.