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Measures of brain function and mental health in the total population are not appropriate for diverse cultural groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This project sought to develop and validate assessments of brain function (cognition) and mental health appropriate for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It was envisaged that these assessments could then be used in research, education, corrective services, and primary care with Aboriginal people.
The aim of this work was to provide appropriate assessments with normative criterion and data, for the valid assessment of mental health and cognitive function for Indigenous people. It was anticipated that the outcomes of this work would enable Indigenous people to access adequate mental health identification and services equal to that of other Australians.
Abstract adapted from the Menzies School of Health Research
Dr Sheree Cairney
Menzies School of Health Research