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NSW Aboriginal mental health workforce program



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

Charles Davison
Phone: (02) 9424 5745

Gay Foster
Senior Policy Officer
Phone: (02) 9424 5741

Related publications

Watson C, Harrison N (2009)

New South Wales Aboriginal mental health worker training program: implementation review.

Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

Brideson T, Jones C (2007)

New South Wales Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program.

Auseinetter; (29): 20-22

Jones C, Brideson T (2009)

Using policy and workforce development to address Aboriginal mental health and wellbeing.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S72 - S74


Last updated: 21 May 2015
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