Primary care to fill mental health gap

Although GPs manage the bulk of mental health patients, there are some who need specialist intervention but are not unwell enough to be managed by overstretched specialist psychiatric services, especially in rural areas.

A GP liaison service set up in the Darling Downs region of southern Queensland two years ago shows how weekly registrar clinics held in primary care can fill this treatment gap.

The Darling Downs GP liaison project was created using funding from the Commonwealth