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Date posted: 6 March 2014
New South Wales Minister Kevin Humphries has told delegates at the 2014 Aboriginal mental health workforce forum that the government approach to the sector has transformed in recent years, and is starting to deliver results.
Mr Humphries said initiatives like traineeships for young Indigenous mental health workers is changing the industry.
He said tackling issues surrounding mental health is the key to addressing wider disadvantage.
'Many people have got issues that inter-generationally have not been dealt with, but we are getting better at doing that,' he said.
'Aboriginal people are speaking up more about what they want, they want to retain their culture but they also want to step into the mainstream and all the opportunities that provides.'
'How we get a blend of that I think is fundamentally important to our general society.'
More Aboriginal people will access mainstream health services if they can see people from their own background Mr Humphries said.
Source: ABC News