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This program was established to assemble an Aboriginal mental health workforce to support the needs of Aboriginal communities across New South Wales. The program also aimed to promote the competencies of non-Aboriginal mental health clinicians who currently work with Aboriginal people. Finally, the program aimed to establish a further ten positions for Aboriginal Health Workers in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.
The New South Wales government committed $12.7 million over five years for the project. Specifically, the outcomes of the program centred on increasing the number of Aboriginal Health Workers in the area of mental health, enhancing the knowledge base of workers to cater for the beliefs and needs of Aboriginal people and increasing the number and quality of mental health services and responses to Aboriginal people.
NSW Health Aboriginal Workforce Unit
Phone: (02) 9424 5745
Senior Policy Officer
Phone: (02) 9424 5741