This Handbook outlines in detail the features and challenges of rural and remote mental health service delivery and pragmatic considerations to address these, to ensure people in less populated areas receive an equivalent quality of service to their city-dwelling counterparts. The scope of the book includes general descriptions of the rural and remote context as well as the professional and ethical considerations involved in working in these areas. The book includes information specific to the professions that contribute to effective and efficient mental health services, as well as addressing specific areas of practice that warrant focused attention because of their importance. In order to cover the field comprehensively, the Handbook has four sections. The first section deals with the general context of rural and remote practice including a description of the general features of the setting and the importance of attention to ethical and professional standards. The second section of the Handbook describes different ways of working in rural and remote contexts. Rural and remote contexts provide many opportunities for innovation and creativity but it is imperative that novel approaches do not compromise the quality and integrity of the service. The third section covers individual professions in detail and the fourth section focuses specifically on particular areas of practice that present challenges for rural and remote areas. Academics will find this Handbook a valuable evidence-based resource to enhance their teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate mental health students. Practitioners will find this book an important reference guide to enrich and broaden their rural and remote experiences. They will be informed of the latest research evidence and will be provided with practical advice and strategies to promote advanced clinical practice in this challenging context. .
Section One The Context of Rural and Remote Mental Health 1. Rural and Remote Mental Health 2. The Social Determinants and Rural and Remote Mental Health 3. The Importance of Culture to Rural and Remote Mental Health 4. Indigenous Mental Health in Remote Communities 5. Mental Health Research and Evaluation in Rural and Remote Settings 6. Ethical and Professional Considerations Section Two Professional Practice in Rural and Remote Mental Health 7. Primary Care in Rural and Remote Contexts 8. The Visiting Workforce 9. Telemental Health in Rural and Remote Contexts 10. Working Transdiagnostically from a Patient-Led Perspective 11. Multidisciplinary Teams in Rural and Remote Mental Health Section Three The Role of Different Professions in Rural and Remote Mental Health Practice 12. Psychiatry 13. Mental Health Nursing 14. Psychology 15. Social Work 16. Occupational Therapists 17. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Professionals 18. Self-Care for Mental Health Professionals in Rural and Remote Contexts Section Four Important Areas of Practice in Rural and Remote Mental Health 19. uicide and Self-Harm 20. Alcohol and Other Drugs 21. The Safe Use of Pharmacotherapy 22. Working in Schools 23. Social and Emotional Wellbeing 24. Working with Families 25. Supporting communities (rural financial counsellors, community groups, etc) 26. The Future of Rural and Remote Mental Health.