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Call for stepped-care approach to mental health

As part of the federal government’s mental-health reform agenda, PHNs have been asked to develop and implement a “stepped-care approach” to mental-health service delivery.

This asks doctors to tailor interventions based on whether patients have mild, moderate and severe mental illness.

“In primary care, general practitioners … will need to assign individuals to these broad categories without clear criteria of what exactly constitutes, for instance, a moderate versus a severe illness,” the authors of a recently published editorial said.

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