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Thomas Brideson is a Kamilaroi/Gomeroi person born in Gunnedah, New South Wales (NSW). Tom is employed as the NSW State-wide Coordinator, Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program, a position he has held since 2007.
Tom has worked in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health for over 20 years, in the areas of: health policy; social and emotional wellbeing; clinical mental health care; suicide prevention; and education. Over the years he has held both local and federal government positions. Between 2002 and 2004 Tom was the Project Director of the Djirruwang Program at Charles Sturt University. During this time Tom co-authored the clinical handbook and course competency document for the Djirruwang Program and incorporated the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce 2002 (revised 2013) to ensure program graduates acquired knowledge, skills, and qualifications equivalent to other professional groups working in mental health and human services. From 2005-2011, he was a Program Leader in the Social and Emotional Wellbeing Program for the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health.
Tom has been involved with a number of mental health and leadership committees and a range of projects to improve the health and mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He has also been a member of the first National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Advisory Group and was appointed to the NSW Suicide Prevention Ministerial Advisory Committee.
Some of his other memberships include:
Over the years, Tom’s interests have focussed on making improvements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including health outcomes and job opportunities. He has published numerous articles relating to the Aboriginal mental health workforce and advocates for emerging degree based professions across all health and human services.