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Gender-sensitive mental health care

Centre for Women's Mental Health, Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville, VIC, Australia.
Australasian Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 0.6). 05/2009; 17(2):105-11. DOI: 10.1080/10398560802596108
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ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to examine aspects of mental health and mental health care through a gender lens. CONCLUSION: Gender differences have an impact on mental health and the experience and course of women's mental illness. Comprehensive gender-sensitive mental health care requires the planning, delivery, monitoring and quality improvement initiatives of mental health care to be informed by a knowledge and understanding of gender differences in women and men and their inter-relationship with respect to childhood and adult life experiences (e.g. violence and abuse); day-to-day social, cultural, and family realities; expression and experience of mental ill health and treatment needs and responses.

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