Doctor on campus: A general practice initiative for detection and early intervention of mental health problems in a rural Australian secondary school

Doley, Anke; Subly, Colin; Wigg, Chris; Crawford, Peter; Cowper, Lindsay; Barker, Colleen; Gale, Peter
June 2008
Health Sociology Review;Jun2008, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p53
Academic Journal
The aim of this paper is to review issues related to early intervention in mental health among adolescent students, and to specifically evaluate a school-based, early intervention program, which sought to address issues of mental health among students in a rural community in southern Australia. The early intervention program began in 2004 as school counsellors and local health professionals sought to address the difficulties rural secondary school students encountered in accessing support services. The paper seeks to explore the effectiveness of this school-based, early intervention for students, in decreasing the level of crises among students or the seriousness of associated outcomes to mental health issues, including dis-engagement from formal education.


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