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Title: Mental Health Care for Rural and Remote Australians During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic.
Austin Authors: Gardiner, Fergus W;Bishop, Lara;Churilov, Leonid ;Collins, Noel;O'Donnell, John;Coleman, Mathew
Affiliation: National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health and The Australian National University Medical School, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Medicine (University of Melbourne)
The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia, University of Western Australia, Albany, Western Australia, Australia
The Royal Flying Doctor Service, Canberra, Australia
Melbourne Brain Centre at Royal Melbourne Hospital, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Issue Date: Nov-2020
Date: 2020-09-08
Publication information: Air Medical Journal 2020; 39(6): 516-519
Abstract: The aims of this article are to comment on pre-coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) mental health activity in rural and remote Australia, including related air medical retrievals; to discuss how the current pandemic is likely to impact on this vulnerable population's mental health; and to provide potential solutions. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant air medical activity from rural and remote Australia. COVID-19 and the necessary public health and socioeconomic interventions are likely to significantly compound mental health problems for both the general public and the mental health workforce servicing rural and remote communities. However, the COVID-19 crisis provides a window of opportunity to develop, support, and build novel and sustainable solutions to the chronic mental health service vulnerabilities in rural and remote areas in Australia and other countries.
DOI: 10.1016/j.amj.2020.08.008
Journal: Air Medical Journal
PubMed URL: 33228907
Type: Journal Article
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