Handbook of Rural, Remote, and very Remote Mental Health

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Table of contents

  1. S. E. L. Burke
  2. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Patrick McFarlane, Kate Mulrenin
  3. Lisa Curtin, Stephanie E. Moss, Susan E. Keefe
  4. Mary Emeleus
  5. Sarah Funnell, Timothy A. Carey, Sara J. Tai, Debra Lampshire
  6. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Barbara Mainguy
  7. Fay Jackson, Tim Heffernan, Mark Orr, Robert Butch Young, Cherie Puckett, Susan Daly

About this book


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. 


Rural and Remote Health Primary Care Remote Healthcare Provision in Australia Rural and Remote Mental Health Social Determinants and Rural and Remote Mental Health Culture and Rural and Remote Mental Health Indigenous Mental Health in Remote Communities Mental Health Research and Evaluation Professional Practice in Rural and Remote Mental Health The Visiting Workforce Telemental health Multidisciplinary Teams in Rural and Remote Mental Health Mental Health Nursing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Professionals Self-Care for Mental Health Professionals Suicide and Self-Harm The Safe Use of Pharmacotherapy Working in Schools Supporting communities

About the authors

Professor Timothy A. Carey is a clinical psychologist practitioner and researcher who is interested in improving access to evidence-based mental health services in remote Australia. He has developed a transdiagnostic cognitive therapy which is flexible and adaptive across different presenting problems and different patterns of treatment delivery making it an ideal resource in remote locations. Professor Carey is the Director of the Centre for Remote Health, a joint centre of Flinders University and Charles Darwin University, which focusses on training health professionals for remote practice as well as researching clinical and workforce issues related to remote health. He has a PhD in Clinical Psychology, an MSc in Statistics, and over 100 publications including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books. Professor Carey’s publications include a systematic review of primary care core services, evaluation of a patient-led psychology outpatient clinic in a remote Australian town, an evaluation of a social and emotional wellbeing program in a remote Aboriginal community, and a conceptual review of definitions of Indigenous wellbeing.

Dr Judith Gullifer is the Associate Dean (Partners and Quality) in the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences at Charles Sturt University. Judith has spent over two decades dedicated to the practice of psychology and the application of psychological science in education and research in the higher education sector. Judith is a registered psychologist with a background in professional counselling in regional, rural and remote Australia. She has held various positions with the Australian Psychological Society, having been appointed to the Board of Directors in 2016 for her expertise in working, and advocating for, Regional, Rural and Remote Australia. She was a founding member of the Rural, Regional and Remote Advisory Group to the National Board of Directors and the convener of the Australian Psychological Society Rural and Remote Interest Group. In January of 2017 Judith became the Executive Manager and Head of the Australian Psychological Society’s Training Institute where she oversaw the professional education and training of psychologists and other cognate professions.

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