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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin Alcohol and other drugs knowledge centre Yarning Places

Aboriginal mental health tool looks into the here and now

Date posted: 19 July 2013

A new, free, culturally appropriate screening tool has been developed to determine whether an Indigenous person's social and emotional wellbeing warrants referral and further evaluation.

The Here and now Aboriginal assessment (HANAA) was developed by Aboriginal health workers and community leaders, and the University of WA School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. It is based on yarning and story-telling rather than ticking boxes and uses Aboriginal concepts and terms for mental health. Ten 'domains' are measured, including sleep, mood, memory and unusual experiences.

HANAA is simple enough to be used by those on the ground who have no mental health training. It is hoped that it will reduce unnecessary referrals and transfers by plane to Perth.

People interested in the screening tool should contact Professor Janca ( or Assistant Professor Lyons (

Source: The West Australian newspaper


Marnie McKimmie
The West Australian Newspaper
50 Hasler Road
Osborne Park WA 6017
GPO Box D162
Perth WA 6840
Ph: (08) 9482 3111


Last updated: 19 July 2013
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