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The Regional Aboriginal integrated social and emotional wellbeing program (RAISE wellbeing) sought to improve primary mental health care servicing to Aboriginal people through linkages within the primary mental health care sector. These partnerships were between an Aboriginal health service (Pika Wiya Health Service) and three mainstream health services: a community mental health team; a hospital mental health liaison; and an 'outback' community counselling service.
Operating in the northern and far western health region of South Australia, the program's objectives were to:
- build the capacity of Aboriginal health workers to respond to Aboriginal people with mental illness
- build the capacity of non-Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing / mental health workers to work in a culturally sensitive manner
- build the capacity of mainstream and Aboriginal community controlled health services to respond to Aboriginal people living with a mental illness
- facilitate linkages and relationships between Aboriginal community controlled health services and mainstream health services
- increase community participation in the development of social and emotional wellbeing services.
A case study has highlighted the sustainability of the program.
Pika Wiya Health Service
40-46 Dartmouth Street
Port Augusta SA 5700
Ph: (08) 8642 9999
Fax: (08) 8642 6621
Fuller J, Martinez L, Verran K (2007)
A case study in the sustainability of an Aboriginal primary mental health care partnership.
Retrieved 2007 from http://9thnrhc.ruralhealth.org.au/program/docs/Posters/poster_fuller.pdf
Fuller J, Martinez L, Ryan B, Muyambi K, Stanley J, Verran K (2005)
RAISE wellbeing, regional Aboriginal integrated social and emotional wellbeing program: a case study in Aboriginal primary mental health care linkages.
Lismore, NSW: Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health
Fuller JD, Martinez L, Muyambi K, Verran K, Ryan B, Klee R (2005)
Sustaining an Aboriginal mental health service partnership.
Medical Journal of Australia; 183(10): s69-s72