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Annual report 2008-2009, General Practice Network NT (GPNNT)



Annual report 2008-2009, General Practice Network NT (GPNNT)


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16 General Practice Network NT (GPNNT) Annual Report 2008/09 Upcoming Aim to maintain existing service model at discounted or bulk-billed rates. Offer GP up-skilling as required for new Mental Health Standard Treatment levels. Increase consumer access to treatment for acute medical problems. Explore options for service in Central Australia to be provided at a mainstream General Practice. Rural and Remote Mental Health Services in Central Australia Program Staff Christine Munday, Coordinator David Beveridge, Project Officer Linda Keane, Project Officer Kelly-Lee Hickey, Community Development Project Officer Carl Inkamala, Martin Jugadai, Maisie Wayne, Elwin Ward, Clinton (Lloyd) Spencer, Lynn Ward and Sarah Stockman - Aboriginal Mental Health Workers. Program Aim To assist in improving the mental health of people living in rural and remote areas by providing greater access to mental health services. Allied and mental health nursing staff and Aboriginal Mental Health (AMHW)/Aboriginal Health Workers (AHW) are adapting services to meet the needs of each of the local communities in the Western Arranda, Pintupi, Lurija and Pitjantjara regions. Achievements Provided regular access to allied primary mental health interventions and culturally appropriate supports in each of the communities. Provided access to a range of culturally appropriate mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention initiatives, including psycho-education and rehabilitation in the community. Strengthened capacity of service providers and community members, through collaborative planning and service provision within and across communities. Trained AMHW/AHWs and Community Support Workers, in Mental Health/Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid. Facilitated access to Narrative Therapy training for Indigenous and non-Indigenous workers and community members and ongoing support to implement activities particularly the Mens Anger Management Group. Strengthened capacity of AMHWs to facilitate group work in their communities, and to present their achievements in forums and at conferences. Supported AMHWs and other community members to tell their story and thereby enabling development of an audio resource to assist others in the community. Used Traditional healers in conjunction with western methods, to overcome barriers to achieving best outcomes for clients. Consulted with individuals, communities and service providers including pastoralists and people living on outstations within the region, regarding service provision and location, to identify the type of mental health services that would best suit the identified needs.

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