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How would you know that the workforce development that has been undertaken has led to improved health outcomes? Has the barrier of the location of primary health services been addressed for your enrolled population? Improving links with other agencies The integration and co-ordination of service across the spectrum of providers is vital, as the total benefit of the service provided is greater than that of its component parts. A PHO needs to consider: how they link with community services, including NGOs how the primary service interfaces with specialist mental health services how they link with local health promotion programmes/organisations. Note: Chapter 5 discusses the range of other organisations that are involved in the provision of primary mental health services. Links with community services Throughout this document, we have stressed that improving mental health outcomes needs an holistic perspective. This means looking at people’s housing, employment, social network, family/whänau and spiritual wellbeing. Addressing many of these areas is beyond the scope of the primary health care practitioner. However, if they are not addressed, the actions of the primary health care practitioner are less likely to lead to good outcomes. Facilitating a co-ordinated approach involving other services will be easier to achieve where a pre-existing relationship between the various provider services exists. A
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38 Primary Health Organisations: Service development toolkit for mental health services in primary health care number of NGOs recognises the value of close links and many already link with primary health care practitioners. Therefore a PHO needs to consider how to build on those existing relationships. However, in some cases, the relationship between primary health care providers and the NGO sector is not developed sufficiently well. Primary health care and NGO providers need to work together more closely to enhance service outcomes, learning from each other’s experience and skills and developing links at both managerial and clinical levels. From a community perspective, a number of community-based services are already operating. These include self-help groups, private counsellors, church groups and other health agencies. A PHO should develop, or have access to, a list of support agencies that can assist their practitioners. Examples of linkages with other agencies 1. Canterbury Plunket postnatal adjustment programme is a NGO-led programme providing health promotion, support, and group and individual therapy to women and their families with problems during the postnatal period. The programme, which has been operating for three years, has developed close links with primary health care. It takes referrals from Plunket nurses and primary health care practitioners and liaises closely with specialist mental health services.
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