Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Empowering the Workforce

Empowering the mental health workforce to deliver culturally safe care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This research is designed to empower the mental health workforce to deliver an improved model of care that is culturally suited to Indigenous Australians.

In both mainstream and community-controlled health services, this stream will focus on:

  • building the cultural competency of the mental health workforce
  • building capacity of Indigenous mental health professionals

A culturally competent workforce will support integrated mental health, suicide prevention, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) service delivery for Aboriginal people.

Cultural competence will be strengthened through the training and capacity development of students and graduates from disciplines related to mental health services including psychology, psychiatry, social work, medicine and dentistry.

The Aboriginal mental health professional workforce will be defined and strengthened by establishing clear roles and training pathways for a broad range of cultural, clinical and community services including cultural healers and Elders.

Importantly, cultural competency requirements of workers is informed by the needs of the Indigenous community. Emphasis is on empowering the Indigenous workforce to support and build Indigenous leadership within the mental health sector.

Key Projects

In relation to population statistics, community needs and workforce needs. An initial scoping exercise and literature review will identify an overarching strategy for optimal impact.

Building a culturally competent mental health workforce for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.

Working through the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP).

Developing and piloting an effectice SEWB workforce that is responsive to client and community needs.

Goals

Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Training, accreditation and employment models for a diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workforce
  • Cultural competency training programs for mental health professionals
  • Decolonising higher education and empowering Aboriginal students
  • Mental Health Leadership Program

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