Webinar recording: The Global/Local Mental Health Atlas: Project development and implications for mental health service planning

On September 18, 2017, EENet and the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership presented a webinar, featuring Luis Salvador-Carulla, Professor and Head of the Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University. Dr. Salvador-Carulla discussed a new approach to planning mental health services, with the ultimate goal to improve mental health service delivery in Canada.

Luis Salvador-Carulla

Watch the webinar recording and download the slides here.

About the Presenter

Luis Salvador-Carulla
Professor and Head of the Centre for Mental Health Research
Australian National University

For more details about Dr. Salvador-Carulla see the flyer.

About this event

Context analysis for evidence-informed policy should include the standard assessment of service provision, placement and workforce capacity at local and global levels. Obstacles to the availability of comparable information on the service delivery system across local areas, regions and countries include the absence of a common terminology and a standard unit of analysis of care teams and services.

Starting in 1994, the Evaluation of Psychiatric Care Assessment Team (EPCAT) group developed a battery of seminal instruments for the assessment of local care for adults experiencing mental illness in Europe. One of these instruments, the European Service Mapping Schedule (ESMS), was later adapted for mapping services in other sectors and population groups including chronic care and disabilities (Description and Evaluation of Services and Directories in Europe for Long-Term Care or DESDE-LTC).

This instrument was incorporated into the REfinement MApping Services (REMAST) tool for assessing Mental Health care in local areas in Europe. The ESMS/DESDE system has been used for mapping local services and for producing atlases of mental health care in Europe, Australia and Latin America. Drug and alcohol, social services and chronic care provision have also been mapped in some areas.

Local, regional and national distinctive patterns of mental health care emerge showing similarities and differences between districts and countries, between urban and rural care, and across sectors. This local context information can be incorporated into decision support systems and visual tools for eliciting prior expert knowledge and for reducing uncertainty in policy planning.

An important aspect in the development of local atlases is the involvement of local and national public agencies and the availability of the information in open access repositories.

Work is currently underway on its application to evidence informed planning and the development of automated tools for producing real time dash boards and navigation charts. Local atlases of MH are relevant tools for urban policy planning.