Working together to develop an innovative model for the early detection of mental illness among rural Aboriginal men

Anton Neville Isaacs, Berwin Lampitt

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Abstract

Title
Working together to develop an innovative model for the early detection of mental illness among rural Aboriginal men
Aim
To describe the design and trial of an innovative model for the early detection of mental illness among rural Aboriginal men in Gippsland, Victoria
Method
Through a collaborative effort between a University Department of Rural and Indigenous Health, an Aboriginal organisation and a regional mental health service, an all-male team was set up which consisted of a doctor, a mental health nurse and four key individuals from the local Aboriginal community. A model called the Koori Men’s Health Day was developed which incorporated solutions to key barriers to service access by Aboriginal men with mental health problems. Responsibilities for the organisation of the various aspects of the model were shared among the group. Invitations to attend the service were distributed via flyers, posters and word of mouth. Using an assembly line technique and avoiding any reference to the term ‘mental’, all participants underwent a complete medical examination, a blood test for diabetes and a psychological assessment using the Kessler-10 schedule. The research was funded by a beyondblue Strategic Research grant.
Results
Twenty men attended the event. Of the seventeen participants whose data were available, seven scored significantly (25 or higher) on psychological assessment and were offered follow-up.
Conclusions
When conducted on a regular basis, the Koorie Men’s Health Day could be a useful method for the early detection of mental illness among rural Aboriginal men in Australia. Further research is needed to study the feasibility and sustainability of the model in different settings.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event5th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium - Mercure Hotel, Geelong, Australia
Duration: 14 Oct 201315 Oct 2013

Conference

Conference5th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium
CountryAustralia
CityGeelong
Period14/10/1315/10/13

Keywords

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients
  • Mental health care
  • Early intervention

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Isaacs, A. N., & Lampitt, B. (2013). Working together to develop an innovative model for the early detection of mental illness among rural Aboriginal men. 5th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, Geelong, Australia.
Isaacs, Anton Neville ; Lampitt, Berwin. / Working together to develop an innovative model for the early detection of mental illness among rural Aboriginal men. 5th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, Geelong, Australia.
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2013. 5th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, Geelong, Australia.

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Isaacs AN, Lampitt B. Working together to develop an innovative model for the early detection of mental illness among rural Aboriginal men. 2013. 5th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, Geelong, Australia.