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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Indigenous ownership and support adds to effectiveness of social and emotional wellbeing programs

According to two newly released papers on the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse website, the most effective programs to promote social and emotional wellbeing in Indigenous people are those that are culturally competent and have Indigenous ownership and community support.

The subjects examined by the two papers are strategies and practices for promoting social and emotional wellbeing, and policies and programs for preventing suicide and suicidal behaviour.

It was also found that programs that encompassed and addressed issues of trauma, racism, poverty, and homelessness maximised their effect on Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing.

Source: NACCHO communiqué

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Last updated: 26 February 2013
 
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