Rosenburg, S. (2020). The impact of COVID-19 on mental health – implications for policy and practice in Australia. https://croakey.org/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-mental-health-roundtable-on-implications-for-policy-and-practice-in-australia/
This report from Dr Sebastian Rosenberg summarises a recent virtual roundtable on the implications of COVID-19 for Australia and the future organisation of mental health care.
It identifies some of the key lessons arising from international experiences and discusses the factors required to mount an effective mental health response, including access to universal public health care, integrated primary-community-tertiary care and a solid psychological crisis intervention model.
The article, the second last in a series by Rosenberg, also addresses the success of the Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations (ACCHOs) in preventing the spread of the virus to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and suggests some opportunities for mental health reform arising from the pandemic…