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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Bolster for mental health services in Australia

Date posted: 24 June 2014

The Australian Government is bolstering mental health services in Australia, with a $6.5 million initiative to train primary health practitioners in the use of e-mental health therapies and associated technologies.

Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, said Queensland’s University of Technology would lead the e-Mental Health in Practice (eMHPrac) initiative, in partnership with the Menzies School of Health Research, The University for Rural Health at the University of Sydney, the Australian National University and the Black Dog Institute.

'eMHPrac will provide specialised training and support in the provision of e-mental health therapies and associated technologies to GPs, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, practice nurses and other health professionals, who may otherwise find it difficult to keep abreast of developments in the field,' Mr Dutton said. 'There’s a special focus in the programme on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, as well as health care providers in rural and remote areas who are providing services to Indigenous people.'

Source: Department of Health


Last updated: 24 June 2014
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