Recommended Reading: Mental Health Service Provision In Regional Australia: The Place Of Community Mental Health Treatment Teams

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Authors: Daphne Habibis and Mike Hazelton, University of Tasmania

Year: 2001

Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference

Subject: study, research, book of proceedings

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 1876939079

Abstract: This paper reports on a study examining what effect the addition of an extended hours Community Mental Health Team to a hospital-based service has on relatives and consumers with a serious mental illness. Repeated interviews were held over one year before and after the introduction of the CMHT with two different groups of consumers and relatives. The groups were matched on age, gender, diagnosis and severity of illness and the results compared. The study found few significant differences in outcomes between the two groups. It is suggested that the lack of mental health services in the region was too great to expect the CMHT to make a measurable difference. However, the CMHT did allow a reduction in hospital beds and there is a suggestion that consumers also found access to treatment had improved.

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