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Factors associated with reported service use for mental health problems by residents of rural and remote communities: cross-sectional findings from a baseline survey

  • David Perkins1Email author,
  • Jeffrey Fuller2,
  • Brian J Kelly3,
  • Terry J Lewin3, 4,
  • Michael Fitzgerald5, 6,
  • Clare Coleman7,
  • Kerry J Inder3, 6,
  • John Allan8,
  • Dinesh Arya9,
  • Russell Roberts10 and
  • Richard Buss11
BMC Health Services Research201313:157

DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-13-157

Received: 20 August 2012

Accepted: 24 April 2013

Published: 30 April 2013

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Original Submission
20 Aug 2012 Submitted Original manuscript
Resubmission - Version 2
Submitted Manuscript version 2
9 Oct 2012 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Greg Martin
29 Mar 2013 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Craig Anne Heflinger
18 Apr 2013 Author responded Author comments - Kerry Inder
Resubmission - Version 3
18 Apr 2013 Submitted Manuscript version 3
24 Apr 2013 Editorially accepted
30 Apr 2013 Article published 10.1186/1472-6963-13-157

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Authors’ Affiliations

Centre of Research Excellence in Rural and Remote Primary Health Care and Department of Rural Health, University of Sydney
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Flinders University
Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Newcastle
Mental Health Services, Hunter New England Local Health District
Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Newcastle
Hunter Medical Research Institute
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, University of Newcastle
Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Office, NSW Health
Department of Health, Northern Territory Government
Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol, Western NSW Local Health District
Mental Health Services, Northern NSW Local Health District