Tuesday, 10 July 2012

The E-mental health strategy for Australia

The E-mental health strategy for Australia has been launched by Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler. The strategy sets out a long term vision for developing an accessible, high quality and integrated e-mental health care system.

The Australian Government, through this Strategy, is moving from funding a small number of proven and successful online mental health and telephone crisis support services, to a respected, evidence based, accessible, professionally recognised and integrated e-mental health service environment.

Research in Australia and internationally shows that outcomes for those who participate in online therapies are broadly comparable to those of face to face services using similar treatment techniques. E-mental health services are accessible, allowing people to access these services at a time and place that is convenient to them, and offer an effective alternative to conventional treatments for people who live in areas with limited services, have difficulty with transport or are reluctant to engage with face to face services.

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