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Date posted: 18 June 2013
A new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group will advise the Federal government on practical and strategic ways to improve mental health and suicide prevention programs.
The group will be led by two eminent Aboriginal experts in social and emotional wellbeing, Professor Pat Dudgeon, recognised as Australia's first Indigenous psychologist, and human rights campaigner Dr Tom Calma AO, the new Chancellor of the University of Canberra.
The other members of the new Group are (alphabetically): Mr Tom Brideson, Ms Lisa Briggs, Mr Ashley Couzens, Ms Adele Cox, Ms Katherine Hams, Ms Victoria Hovane, Professor Ernest Hunter, Mr Rod Little, Associate Professor Peter O'Mara, Mr Charles Passi, Ms Valda Shannon, and Dr Marshall Watson.
Professor Dudgeon, Mr Brideson, and Professor Hunter are also members of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet's Social and Emotional Wellbeing Reference Group.
Source: Department of Health and Ageing media release
Media contact for the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler
Ph: 0409 059 617
Media contact for the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon
Ph: 0417 917 796