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TheMHS Summer Forum



The social & emotional well-being of Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Social and emotional well-being is central to the health of a nation. It is one of the biggest challenges in mental health in Australia today. Aboriginal people deserve excellent services whether they live in big cities or in remote communities. So in this forum we will begin by asking these questions:

"The principles and strategies for effective action are known and the evidence for what will work is available. In the present rhetoric, it is the absence of responsibility, not the absence of evidence that impedes us now. All of us have responsibilities."
- Professor Fiona Stanley, paediatrician and former Australian of the Year (Sydney Morning Herald, 31/7/07, p11)

After a decade of Summer Forums, TheMHS continues its mission to focus on the big issues and challenges in mental health in Australia and New Zealand. These forums aim to raise issues, highlight problems, focus on future directions and examples of good practice and good research, by inviting speakers with expertise and/or a story to tell.

HealthInfoNet Cafe

The title of the 2008 Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Summer Forum was ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander's mental health and emotional wellbeing', and had the theme: 'time to listen, time to act'. The Forum was attended by 190 people, ranging from consumers to researchers to representatives from the health workforce. A HealthInfoNet cafe was run at the Forum. The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid training and research program was launched at the conference.

Cherie Kana and Jenny Cardno Dean Miller, Neville Highfold, Paul Senior and Clyde Rigney Jane Havelka
More information about the HealthInfoNet cafes


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Ph: (02) 9810 8700
Fax: (02) 9810 8733


Last updated: 23 May 2011
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