Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Areas (MHSRRA)

The Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Areas (MHSRRA) program aims to improve the mental health of people with a mild to moderate diagnosable mental illness, who live in rural and remote areas, by providing greater access to mental health services.

MHSRRA provides funding to non-government health organisations such as Aboriginal Medical Services and the Royal Flying Doctor Service to deliver mental health services by social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, mental health nurses, Aboriginal health workers and Aboriginal mental health workers.

MHSRRA funds the provision of mental health services in rural and remote communities that would otherwise have little or no access to mental health services, including in areas where access to Medicare-subsidised mental health services is low. As a consequence, it enables more people with diagnosable mild to moderate mental illness to access mental health services in rural and remote areas.

Northern Territory PHN contracts a number of organisations and Aboriginal Community Controlled organisations across the Northern Territory under MHSRRA to deliver specific programs including the Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Program in East Arnhem, psychological services in the Katherine region and a mental health nurse in the Laynhapuy Homelands.

MSRRRA Program - East Arnhem
MHSRRA Program - Central Australia
MHSRRA Program - Katherine

Resources

MHSRRA Evaluation 2011
Disadvantages and discontent: A Review of Issues Relevant to the Mental Health of Rural and Remote Indigenous Australians article
Treating mental health in remote communities: What do Remote Health Practitioners Need? article
Working Together

Aboriginal Mental Health

Aboriginal Mental Health Work Model of Practice poster
Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice book

Contact

Health Stream Lead, Regional Partnerships and Procurement:

t 08 8982 1000 e bradley.palmer@ntphn.org.au