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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Indigenous focus for new mental health unit in Adelaide

A new mental health facility with a special focus on Indigenous people and those from remote areas has opened in Adelaide, South Australia (SA).

At any one time, up to 25% of the beds at the new facility will be occupied by Indigenous patients with a priority given to rural and remote patients.  The facility will place an emphasis on cultural needs, and is the only one in the state to combine modern medicine and traditional healing.

Rebecca Graham, Executive Director of Mental Health of Country Health SA says, 'We are very comfortable with having traditional healers (nunkaris) come down and we'll be working with people from a spiritual healing component as well as part of their care'.

The success of the unit has seen it become the template for the state's first such country facility, which is due to open in Whyalla at the end of April.

It is estimated that Indigenous Australians experience more than twice the rate of extreme psychological distress than non-Indigenous Australians, with one in three people affected.

Source: SBS news

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Last updated: 15 April 2014
 
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