Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service: IAPT@Flinders Flinders Medical Centre: Final report

Niranjan Bidargaddi, Gabrielle Jones

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    Abstract

    Purpose:
    The purpose of this document is to report on the operation of the Flinders Medical Centre (FMC), Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Service trial (IAPT@Flinders) that ran from October 2011 to July 2013.

    Background:
    Up to 15% of Australian’s suffer from anxiety and/or depression with the majority not receiving evidence-based treatment. The result is people present to Emergency Departments (ED) in extreme psychological distress, many with suicidal ideation.
    Responding to this demand, the IAPT@Flinders follow-up service trial offered people presenting with adjustment disorders, anxiety and/or depression rapid access to stepped-care low-intensity cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT. The IAPT@Flinders principle funding aim was to reduce the pressure on the FMC Emergency Department (ED) through the provision of an evidence-based therapeutic follow-up service to people with high prevalence mental health disorders.

    IAPT is based on the United Kingdom’s (UK) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service (http://www.iapt.nhs.uk). The model was introduced to the UK National Health Service in 2006 to improve access to National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended treatments for the management of depression and anxiety. Specifically targeting hard to reach populations through the utilisation of phone therapy, it has been successful in improving the social and work functioning of a large proportion of people.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationBedford Park, SA
    PublisherFlinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit
    Commissioning bodySouthern Mental Health
    Number of pages33
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

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