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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workers Forum

 

Overview

The NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workers Forum is a support mechanism for the NSW Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing workforce. People from other States/Territories are welcome to attend to observe these arrangements and to gain an understanding of Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing activities in NSW.

HealthInfoNet Cafe

The NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workers Forum 2010 was held in Orange, NSW on the 13th and 14th October. The forum was specifically designed for Aboriginal Mental Health Workers employed in mainstream mental health services, Aboriginal community controlled health services, and non-government agencies. The forum also had relevance for Policy and Program Officers, Service Directors, and Team Leaders working in the area of Aboriginal mental health and wellbeing. The theme governing the content of the forum was "Effective partnerships and effective relationships". The forum program included a range of presentations from workers involved in a variety of domains such as: infant and peri-natal care; child and adolescent mental health; justice health; training and workforce; information technology; alcohol and other drugs; and policy.

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet held HealtInfoNet cafés on both days of the conference with Belinda Urquhart raising awareness among the forum delegates about the utility of the HealthInfoNet for those working in the area of Aboriginal mental health and wellbeing. There was keen interest among the delegates about the work of the HealthInfoNet with the ‘Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2010' a popular publication among the forum delegates. The HealthInfoNet yarning places also generated a lot of interest with many delegates signing up to become members. With over 200 people registering to attend the forum, the NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workers Forum 2010 was well attended.

Barbara Perry and Belinda Urquhart David Freeman Mick Gooda and Belinda Urquhart
More information about the HealthInfoNet cafes

Contacts

Tom Brideson
State-wide Coordinator
NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program Greater Western Area Health Service
Social and Emotional Wellbeing Centre
Bloomfield Hospital
Forest Road
Orange NSW 2800
Email: Thomas.Brideson@gwahs.health.nsw.gov.au
Email: Robyn.Owens@gwahs.health.nsw.gov.au

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Last updated: 23 May 2011
 
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