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Collaboration vital in providing mental health care for kids in northern, rural BC

October 19th, 2016 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized

picture 699banner pfrChild psychiatrist Dr. Matthew Burkey on challenges and opportunities, and lessons learned from interventions in low- and middle-income countries that can make a difference

Dr. Matthew Burkey, a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, recently moved with his family from an urban area of the U.S. to Williams Lake, B.C. Rural, largely under-served, areas of the province present unique challenges to providers of mental health care. How can mental health specialists be relevant to children and youth who need help in rural and remote areas?

Barriers to care in rural and remote areas can include: lack of links with family physicians; remote physical access; small town teams being unprepared for some of the presenting issues; and lengthy wait lists.

Dr. Burkey has included lessons learned from a global health focus, along with the work of a local action team (the Caribou Action Team) in meeting the demands of his rural practice.

Keynote address at Collaborative Care Conference

Dr. Matthew Burkey was a keynote speaker at the 17th Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference, held in Kelowna BC June 17 and 18, 2016. His presentation on June 18 was called Early lessons from the application of a collaborative model for child mental health care in rural B.C.

People First Radio’s Kevin Midbo was at the conference and spoke with Dr. Matthew Burkey shortly after his presentation.

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About Dr. Matthew Burkey

dr matthew burkeyMatthew Burkey, MD, PhD, is a child and youth psychiatrist and public health researcher. He completed his training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and conducted research as a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Burkey’s primary research interest is in improving access to effective, culturally compelling mental health services in underserved communities globally and in North America. He recently moved to Williams Lake, BC where he practices psychiatry at the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre.

Burkey is also involved in the BC Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative, a multi-disciplinary local and provincial effort aimed at improving access to family-centered child mental health services.

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