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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

New mental health service for Aboriginal people in Perth metropolitan area

Date posted: 16 January 2013

The metropolitan-based Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service (SAMHS) has a new home after a $380,000 refurbishment of De Grey House at Graylands Hospital.

Incorporating the former Aboriginal Psychiatric Service and the Specialist Indigenous Mental Health Service and run by North Metropolitan Health Service Mental Health, SAMHS Metropolitan is already improving access to mainstream mental health services for Aboriginal people in the Perth metropolitan area.

Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said the successful $22million state-wide SAMHS program employed Aboriginal mental health workers to engage Indigenous people into mainstream services, which had been running in rural and regional areas for two years.

'SAMHS Metropolitan offers Aboriginal people who want to work in mental health a genuine career pathway, as Aboriginal mental health workers often understand cultural, historical, family and societal issues, which is important for providing holistic care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with mental illness,' Mrs Morton said.

'The new SAMHS Metropolitan is a step in the right direction in closing the gap in the delivery of Aboriginal mental health care and enhancing the cultural security and integrity of mental health services provided to Aboriginal people across Western Australia.'

 

Source: WA Minister for Mental Health

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Last updated: 21 January 2013
 
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