Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Empowering Service Systems

Providing culturally safe and appropriate mental health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We aim to develop frameworks and practice guidelines that guide mental health care services to deliver culturally safe mental health care to Indigenous communities, by first answering the following questions:

  • What is cultural safety in mental health care?
  • What are the key components of a culturally safe mental health care service?
  • What are culturally safe pathways for mental health care?

Specifically, this research will establish cultural models with Indigenous teams, managers, workforce development, cultural liaison and brokerage services to better equip mainstream services to serve their Indigenous clients, rather than deferring them to under-resourced community controlled services.

Our priority is to understand and build the evidence for what works, and move the mental health care system towards the sustainable implementation of these evidence-based systems.

Key Projects

A mathematical modelling approach previously used to inform better client pathways in emergency departments will be applied to understand the role of cultural healing and care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health clients.

Perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers, carers, clinicians, elders and traditional healers will be sought via a qualitative survey.

A Delphi study of expert perspectives on cultural safety in mental healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Defining and building evidence to implement the mental health act through mainstream services that employ cultural healers and elders

Goals

Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • A systematic review and meta synthesis to answer the question, “What are the key components of a culturally safe mental health care service for Indigenous peoples?”
  • A framework with companion guidelines that includes,
    – how to ensure services are culturally safe
    – specific knowledge, skills, beliefs and attitudes that lead to culturally safe clinical care
  • Empowering a diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workforce including cultural healers, Elders and community workers
  • Implement the WA Mental Health Act

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