Authors: Ann Kesting, Bev Colville,
Event: 2000 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: After several years many workers from both women’s and mental health services have contributed indirectly to support partnerships for service reform and system changes.
In February 1999, the National Women’s Health (NWHP) Program completed ‘Rural Regional Women’s Health Plans’ identifying in all regions that women’s mental and emotional health was a key priority and forms a large proportion of the workload for the women’s health workers.
As a result of these plans and as an identified key priority area, the women’s health workers and the community mental health workers decided to build and strengthen a coordinated and collaborative working relationship that exists between teams.
In many rural and metropolitan regions within community health services, there are current models of good practice where both the women’s health and the mental health teams have effectively worked together. By identifying effective models of good practice between the above two programs to increase a collaborative working approach, which will improve outcomes for women with a mental or emotional health issue.
Whilst it is widely recognised that the community mental health workers determine issues of mental ill health, the women’s health workers generally determine issues for women’s mental wellness.