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Release of the Here and now Aboriginal assessment tool

Date posted: 4 November 2013

The Community, Culture and Mental Health Unit of the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Western Australia has recently released the Here and now Aboriginal assessment (HANAA) - a culturally appropriate screening instrument for the assessment of social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) and mental health problems in Aboriginal people.

The screening tool uses a semi-structured interview format to explore 10 domains as a means of screening for SEWB problems. The domains include: physical health, sleep, mood, suicide risk and self-harm, substance use, memory, unusual experiences, functioning, life stressors, and resilience. For each domain there is a space to write a descriptive narrative and record relevant information and key issues that arise during the interview. Domains should be explored to determine if there are any current problems with a focus on the ‘here and now'.

The HANAA has been designed for use by those who work in health and mental health services and other community based services for Aboriginal people where there is concern for SEWB. It is a screening tool and is not intended to be used as a diagnostic assessment instrument. It will enable the interviewer and respondent to determine if referral for a more detailed mental health examination is required. Accompanying guidelines have also been developed to assist interviewers to administer the HANAA.

To obtain a copy of the HANAA and guidelines, please contact Winthrop Professor Aleksandar Janca or Assistant Professor Zaza Lyons using the contact information provided below.


Aleksandar Janca
Winthrop Professor
School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
The University of Western Australia (M571)
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009

Zaza Lyons
Assistant Professor
Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre
The University of Western Australia (M521)
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009


Last updated: 4 November 2013
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