Now that you’ve chosen your telehealth software and are set up for video consultations, one question remains:
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Do you start most of your mental health appointments with a version of: “How have you been since I last saw you?” Only to receive anywhere from a one-word answer (“Ok”) to 50 minutes of details on mood swings? As a mental health practitioner who wants to provide the best care possible, we bet you’d like to know what’s happening with your patients between sessions, without being bombarded by emails, texts, or calls and in a way that is user-friendly for you and your patients.
Recent studies suggest that almost half of all Australians at some stage in their lives will be affected by mental illness. Despite the prevalence of these conditions, particularly anxiety and depression, many harmful stigmas are still believed and reinforced by society and the media. This continuously leads to instances of social withdrawal and failure for those affected to seek help.
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The model is based on the 'Australian Statistical Geography Standard - Remoteness Areas (ASGS-RA)' existing classification system, which uses census data to segment 5 categories of remoteness, yet further subdivides regional Australia based on the size of local towns or cities.
As a speech pathologist, you understand how precious time is.
There is a significant disparity in access to GPs across the Australian population. In 2014, the Bureau of Health Information reported our major cities utilised about 40% more GP services per capita than those in regional and remote areas, with roughly 36 million GP services being conducted in our cities compared to 2 million in regional and remote Australia. Mental health services are just as hard to access for regional, rural and remote dwellers - specifically, death by suicide is almost twice as likely in rural and remote areas due to lack of support services.
This article first appeared in DigitalHealthX and is re-posted here with approval.
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