mental health (e-mental health) interventions offer effective, easily
accessible, and cost effective treatment and support for mental illness
and well-being concerns. However, e-mental health approaches have not
been well utilized by health services to date and little is known about
their implementation in practice, particularly in diverse contexts and
study aims to understand stakeholder perspectives on the requirements
for implementing e-mental health approaches in regional and remote
health services for Indigenous Australians.
interviews were conducted with 32 managers, directors, chief executive
officers (CEOs), and senior practitioners of mental health, well-being,
alcohol and other drug and chronic disease services.
implementation of e-mental health approaches in this context is likely
to be influenced by characteristics related to the adopter (practitioner
skill and knowledge, client characteristics, communication barriers),
the innovation (engaging and supportive approach, culturally appropriate
design, evidence base, data capture, professional development
opportunities), and organizational systems (innovation-systems fit,
implementation planning, investment).