S50: Person-centre care and meeting needs for mental health care: Results from the Australian survey of psychosis.

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Authors: Christine Migliorini, Carol Harvey, Ellie Fossey

Year: 2019

Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Person-centre care and meeting needs for mental health care: Results from the Australian survey of psychosis.

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers



Christine Migliorini PhD, is a Social Worker, Social Scientist and the Research & Evaluation Coordinator at the Psychosocial Research Centre, North West Area Mental Health Service. Over the last 19 years, Christine’s research has focused on the connection between mental health and the social environment.

Background: A large population-based survey of Australian adults living with psychotic illness (Morgan et al 2012) provided the opportunity to understand the perceived needs of individuals living with psychosis. Questions included:
• What types of needs were reported by persons living with psychosis?
• How well were mental health (MH) services perceived to meet those needs?
• Over the previous year, who has spent the most time providing help and who has been most helpful?

Main outcome measure: Perceived Need for Care Questionnaire (PNCQ; Meadows et al 2000) domains include Social Support, Work/Time Use Support, Financial Assistance, Housing Assistance, Self-care Support, MH Information, Medication Information & Counselling.

Results: MH Professionals, and for the most part GPs, were perceived to be most helpful in Work/Time Use Support, support for Selfcare, MH Information and Counselling but not in the domains of Social Support, Financial Support, Housing Assistance, or Medication Information. Family and friends were perceived as good sources of MH information. Females thought medication information needs were not adequately met. Participants experiencing significant impairment in functioning believed their financial and medication information needs were inadequately met. Who individuals spent more time with was not necessarily found to be the most helpful in meeting needs.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: Key areas of need likely to be present in the person with psychosis are highlighted to guide MH services in their efforts to support the person in addition to providing symptom relief.
Learning Objective 2: The audience will learn that while the amount of time spent with consumers is important, how that time is spent is more important when meeting perceived needs.

Morgan VA, Waterreus A, Jablensky A, Mackinnon A, McGrath JJ, Carr V, Bush R, Castle D, Cohen M, Harvey C, Galletly C, Stain HJ, Neil AL, McGorry P, Hocking B, Shah S & Saw S. People living with psychotic illness in 2010: The second Australian national survey of psychosis. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2012, 46, 735-752.
Meadows, G., Harvey, C., Fossey, E. & Burgess, P. 2000. Assessing perceived need for mental health care in a community survey: development of the Perceived Need for Care Questionnaire (PNCQ). Soc Psychiatr Epidemiol, 35:427-435.

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