Mental Health Care for Rural and Remote Australians During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

Fergus W. Gardiner, Lara Bishop, Leonid Churilov, Noel Collins, John O'Donnell, Mathew Coleman

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Abstract

The aims of this article are to comment on pre-coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) mental health activity in rural and remote Australia, including related air medical retrievals; to discuss how the current pandemic is likely to impact on this vulnerable population's mental health; and to provide potential solutions. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant air medical activity from rural and remote Australia. COVID-19 and the necessary public health and socioeconomic interventions are likely to significantly compound mental health problems for both the general public and the mental health workforce servicing rural and remote communities. However, the COVID-19 crisis provides a window of opportunity to develop, support, and build novel and sustainable solutions to the chronic mental health service vulnerabilities in rural and remote areas in Australia and other countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)516-519
Number of pages4
JournalAir Medical Journal
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

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