Authors: Phil Jones, Robert Habel
Event: 2015 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: General Practitioners across Australia are seeing an increase in clients with serious mental health issues. GP Access is a psychosocial model that provides support options for the GP sector and the increasing number of people who see a GP for the clinical management of their mental illness. GP Access is part of Community Mental Health Programs at Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide. It employs a team of community support workers who work one on one with consumers on a holistic approach to their mental health needs. The service has been well received by people with a serious mental illness, GPs and specialists MHS. People receiving support from GP Access experience a significant reduction in their unmet needs which significantly contributes to the avoidance of hospital admissions, and supports their recovery journey without having to access specialist MHS. As specialist MHS continues to exit and transfer people to GP care, or where acute services look to options other than MHS care coordination for the clinical management and psychosocial support of people, a model such as GP Access may be exactly what's needed. This presentation will describe this innovative program model and outcomes in individual recovery. It will feature findings from interviews with key stakeholders such as GP's, along with case studies from consumers who receive support.