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Acknowledging rural disadvantage in mental health: views of peer workers
Design and Methods: Grounded Theory was the methodology utilized. In-depth interviews were conducted with peer workers throughout Australia.
Findings: Participants described significant barriers to the provision of quality mental health services in rural and regional locations. The two main areas identified were the following: transport and distance, and lack of mental health staff and services.
Conclusions: The identified barriers place limitations on the capacity of peer workers to maximize effectiveness in rural settings. Peer workers could potentially play an important role in overcoming shortages of staff and services and improving mental health service delivery.
Publication titlePerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Department/SchoolSchool of Nursing
Place of publicationHillsdale, N. J.
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