Evaluate the Mental Health Support for Drought Affected Communities Initiative

Project Type - Mental health


  • 2010


The Department of Health and Ageing engaged Health Outcomes Intrnational to evaluate the Mental Health Support for Drought Affected Communities Initiative. The Initiative aimed to provide community outreach and crisis counselling services; to raise community awareness of mental illness and provide education and training to enable health workers and community leaders to recognise and respond to early warnings of emotional distress.HOI's evaluation method comprised a background literature review; an extensive review of progress reports and related document from the 42 funded Divisions of General Practice, beyond blue and the A.G.P.N.; and site visits to 15 selected regions participating in the Initiative.The report from the evaluation addressed issues of appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency and made recommendations in each of these areas to inform future policies and programs.