I was interviewed by the RACGP Foundation for this article (link).
There is no doubt that in the past, the perception of mental health in Australia has not been positive.
For too long, Australians have often approached their mental health as something that could fix itself, or perhaps was not a problem at all. The ‘she’ll be right’ attitude was a way to brush off an enormous problem, reducing it to a trivial notion, rather than a health problem that has serious implications on an individual’s life.
It is this perception that the RACGP Foundation is challenging – from a disease, hidden behind closed doors, to being recognised as a health priority.
This paper was launched by the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales on 2 December 2015. It “tells the story of medication as a treatment for mental illness from the perspective of consumers, carers, families and people who work within the mental health system”.
I was involved in the development of this paper as a member of the Commission’s Pharmacotherapy in Mental Health Advisory Group.
The following is a presentation of the rationale and methodology of my qualitative study into the perceptions of GPs in teaching practices, on the detection of problem drinking. It was presented to the Primary Health Care Research Network (PHReNet) meeting at the General Practice Unit at Fairfield Hospital.