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Type: Journal article
Title: Data, circumstance and politics: reflections on regional mental health planning
Author: Fuller, J.
Edwards, J.
Citation: Australian Health Review, 2004; 27(1):93-102
Publisher: Australian Healthcare Association
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0156-5788
Abstract: We use our experience as consultants to a regional mental health planning project in South Australia to describe three practical aspects of regional health planning. First, we systematically summarised various data on socio-demographic indicators, health status and health service use along with qualitative opinion about needs and services from consultations with over 200 stakeholders. In addition to these data, we found that attention to two other aspects of planning, circumstance and politics, were of critical importance, particularly if the plan was to be implemented and as a way of turning thinking into action.
Keywords: Humans
Mental Health Services
Socioeconomic Factors
Needs Assessment
Rural Health Services
Regional Health Planning
Medically Underserved Area
Health Planning Councils
Health Services Accessibility
South Australia
Community Participation
DOI: 10.1071/AH042710093
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