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IAPT is championed as an approach that Australia should adopt

November 24, 2010

The Sydney Morning Herald carries an article suggesting that Australia adopt the IAPT strategy

Australia should trial a UK-based program that is helping people with moderate depression and anxiety, and which could fill a major gap in existing services, says a leading psychiatrist.

The nation’s thinly spread mental health services can focus on the acute or crisis-support ends of the spectrum, leaving many people with milder though still debilitating problems without a treatment option.

Associate Professor Michael Baigent said a service such as the UK’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) program was proven to be effective at reaching and helping these people.

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/call-to-fill-mental-health-void-20101124-1877j.html

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