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Acknowledging rural disadvantage in mental health: Views of peer workers

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posted on 17.07.2018, 00:00 by Louise ByrneLouise Byrne, Brenda Happell, Kerry Reid-SearlKerry Reid-Searl
PURPOSE: The aim of this article was to present views and opinions of people employed to work from their personal experience of significant mental health challenges (peer workers). The specific focus was on their capacity to contribute meaningfully to mental health service provision and in rural areas and associated barriers. DESIGN AND METHODS: Grounded Theory was the methodology utilized. Indepth interviews were conducted with peer workers throughout Australia. FINDINGS: Participants described significant barriers to the provision of quality mental health services in rural and regional locations. The two main areas identified were the following: transport and distance, and lack of mental health staff and services. CONCLUSIONS: The identified barriers place limitations on the capacity of peer workers to maximize effectiveness in rural settings. Peer workers could potentially play an important role in overcoming shortages of staff and services and improving mental health service delivery.

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Volume

53

Issue

4

Start Page

259

End Page

265

Number of Pages

8

eISSN

1744-6163

ISSN

0031-5990

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

SYNERGY: Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre, University of Canberra and ACT Health, Woden, Australia

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Perspectives in Psychiatric Care

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