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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 aims to promote the competencies of non-Aboriginal mental health clinicians who currently work with Aboriginal people. Finally, the program aims to establish a further ten positions for Aboriginal Health Workers in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

The New South Wales government has committed $12.7 million over five years for the project. Specifically, the outcomes of the program centre 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.


Tom Brideson
Statewide Coordinator

Carmel Jones
Senior Policy Officer

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: 17 June 2013
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