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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Publications

2014

Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. (2014)

Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice.

Perth, WA: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia

This book was developed as an information source for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with social and emotional wellbeing issues. The book contains comprehensive and culturally appropriate information to educate and assist health professionals who work with Indigenous clients.

The book is divided into six parts:

  • history and contexts
  • issues and influences
  • standards, principles and practice
  • assessment and management
  • working with children, families and communities
  • healing models and programs.

Many of the book chapters were authored by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Indigenous artwork features throughout the book.

Telethon Kids Institute abstract

Anderson M (2014)

Protecting the rights of Indigenous and multicultural children and preserving their cultures in fostering and adoption.

Family Court Review; 52(1): 6-27

Bennett ST, Babbage D (2014)

Cultural adaptation of CBT for Aboriginal Australians.

Australian Psychologist; 49(1): 19 - 21

Bennett-Levy J, Wilson S, Nelson J, Stirling J, Ryan K, Rotumah D, Budden W, Beale D (2014)

Can CBT be effective for Aboriginal Australians? Perspectives of Aboriginal practitioners trained in CBT.

Australian Psychologist; 49(1): 1 - 7

Chalmers KJ, Bond KS, Jorm AF, Kelly CM, Kitchener BA, Williams-Tchen A (2014)

Providing culturally appropriate mental health first aid to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander adolescent: development of expert consensus guidelines.

International Journal of Mental Health Systems; 8(http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1752-4458-8-6): 6

Retrieved 28 January 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1752-4458-8-6

Creed TA (2014)

Training Aboriginal practitioners in cognitive behavioural therapy.

Australian Psychologist; 49(1): 14 - 16

Dudgeon P, Kelly K (2014)

Contextual factors for research on psychological therapies for Aboriginal Australians.

Australian Psychologist; 49(1): 8 - 13

Hansen P (2014)

Vulnerable children and the law: international evidence for improving child welfare, child protection and children's rights.

Australian Social Work; 67(3): 451-452

Lee KSK, Harrison K, Mills K, Conigrave KM (2014)

Needs of Aboriginal Australian women with comorbid mental and alcohol and other drug use disorders.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 33(5): 473–481

McCalman J, Bridge F, Whiteside M, Bainbridge R, Tsey K, Jongen C (2014)

Responding to Indigenous Australian sexual assault: a systematic review of the literature.

Sage Open; 4

Retrieved 14 January 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2158244013518931

McDermott B, Cobham V, Berry H, Kim B (2014)

Correlates of persisting posttraumatic symptoms in children and adolescents 18 months after a cyclone disaster.

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; 48(1): 80 - 86

Meuleners LB, Fraser ML (2014)

Gender differences in recurrent mental health contact after a hospitalization for interpersonal violence: Western Australia, 1997 to 2008.

Journal of Interpersonal Violence; Online first(http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0886260514534779):

Moore E, Indig D, Haysom L (2014)

Traumatic brain injury, mental health, substance use, and offending among incarcerated young people.

Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation; 29(3): 239-247

Nelson J, Ryan K, Rotumah D, Bennett-Levy J, Budden W, Wilson S, Beale D (2014)

Aboriginal practitioners offer culturally safe and responsive CBT: response to commentaries.

Australian Psychologist; 49(1): 22 - 27

Phillips M (2014)

Seasons for healing - supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults through grief and loss.

Grief Matters; 17(1): 22

Sav A, McMillan SS, Kelly F, Whitty JA, Kendall E, King MA, Wheeler AJ (2014)

Consumer health organisations for chronic conditions: why do some people access them and others don’t?.

Primary Health Care Research & Development; 15(4): 418-429

Snider AM, McPhedran S (2014)

Religiosity, spirituality, mental health,and mental health treatment outcomes in Australia: a systematic literature review.

Mental Health, Religion & Culture; 17(6): 568-581

Stevens M, Paradies Y (2014)

Changes in exposure to 'life stressors' in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 2002 to 2008.

BMC Public Health; 14: 144

Retrieved 11 February 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-144

Trofimovs J, Dowse L (2014)

Mental health at the intersections: the impact of complex needs on police contact and custody for Indigenous Australian men.

International Journal of Law and Psychiatry; 37(4): 390–398

2013

Askew DA, Schluter PJ, Spurling GKP, Bond CJR, Brown ADH (2013)

Urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children's exposure to stressful events: a cross-sectional study.

Medical Journal of Australia; 199(1): 42-45

Atkinson J (2013)

Trauma-informed services and trauma-specific care for Indigenous Australian children.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report provides comprehensive information on trauma in Indigenous Australian children. It examines the effects of trauma while also providing an overview of recent government initiatives implemented to address the negative consequences of trauma exposure in childhood and adulthood. The report also describes the delivery of trauma-informed services and trauma-specific care. Complementing the information in this report is the inclusion of an appendices containing lists of relevant publications and resources.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (2013)

National mental health report 2013: tracking progress of mental health reform in Australia 1993–2011.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (2013)

A national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services: policy and theory.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2013)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Mental health services in brief 2013.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (2013)

Strategies and practices for promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This paper provides information on programs developed to promote social and emotional wellbeing and prevent mental illness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. The paper identifies national initiatives, Indigenous specific programs, and non-Indigenous specific programs and reports on the efficacy of these programs in enhancing the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. A summary of the findings is also provided highlighting the elements of effective and ineffective SEWB programs, and the areas that require further investigation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Fels A (2013)

The Winston Rickards memorial oration. Child and adolescent mental health.

Melbourne: National Mental Health Commission

Flatau P, Conroy E, Thielking M, Clear A, Hall S, Alicia Bauskis A, Farrugia M (2013)

How integrated are homelessness, mental health and drug and alcohol services in Australia?.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Gilbert S (2013)

Women and constructing re-membering: identity formation in the stolen generations.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Newcastle: Newcastle, NSW

Grogan P, Colvin K, Rose J, Morstyn L, Atkins C (2013)

Building the scaffolding: strengthening support for young people in Victoria.

Melbourne: Victorian Council of Social Service

Hams K, Murray B, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Cherbourg.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Haswell MR, Wheeler T, Wargent R, Brownlie A, Tulip F, Baird M, Gardiner L, Pulver LJ (2013)

Validation and enhancement of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychiatric hospitalisation statistics through an Indigenous Mental Health Worker register.

Rural and Remote Health; 12: 2002

Retrieved 4 February 2013 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2002

This study examined the use of an Indigenous Mental Health Worker Register to assess the level of correct identification of Indigenous status and sources of error among psychiatric admissions within a regional public hospital information system. Inaccuracy in identification of Indigenous status on health records hampers collection of the good quality data required to guide policies, programs and services.

Abstract adapted from Rural and Remote Health

Healing Foundation (2013)

Growing our children up strong and deadly : healing for children and young people.

Canberra: Healing Foundation

It is becoming increasingly apparent that the trauma experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people by past government policies must be addressed if the resulting negative behaviours are to be circumvented (for example, alcohol and other drug misuse, criminal behaviour). Recognising the importance of healing in the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, this paper reports on the work of the Healing Foundation in creating a healing environment for the younger generation. This paper also includes a discussion on intergenerational trauma, and the emerging evidence of what works in addressing trauma in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Holland C, Dudgeon P, Milroy H (2013)

The mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, families and communities.

Canberra: National Mental Health Commission

This comprehensive paper provides great insight into the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It builds on the information contained in A contributing life: the 2012 national report on mental health and suicide prevention by exploring more broadly the story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the multitude of factors that impact on the mental health and wellbeing of this population. The paper is presented in three parts, with Part 1 providing an overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' mental health and social and emotional wellbeing. Part 2 reports on the unmet need for social and emotional wellbeing and mental health services and programs, and Part 3 focuses on national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and mental health policy.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Hopkins KD, Taylor CL, Zubrick SR (2013)

The differential influence of contextual risks on psychosocial functioning and participation of Australian aboriginal youth.

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry; 83(4): 459-471

Hunter E, Milroy H (2013)

Voices across the fence: commonality, difference and respectful practice across a half century of change.

Australasian Psychiatry; 21(4): 305-310

Isaacs AN, Maybery D, Gruis H (2013)

Help seeking by Aboriginal men who are mentally unwell: a pilot study.

Early Intervention in Psychiatry; 7(4): 407–413

MacRae A, Thomson N, Anomie, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, McLoughlin N, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Trzesinski A, Urquhart B (2013)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Indigenous health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2012. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Makregiorgos H, Joubert L, Epstein I (2013)

Maternal mental health: pathways of care for women experiencing mental health issues during pregnancy.

Social Work in Health Care; 52(2-3): 258-279

McGrady G, Peckham M, Grogan G, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Toomelah.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

National Mental Health Commission (2013)

A contributing life: the 2013 national report card on mental health and suicide prevention.

Sydney: National Mental Health Commission

This second annual report card from the National Mental Health Commission on mental health and suicide prevention in Australia builds upon the first report card A contributing life: the 2012 national report card on mental health and suicide prevention.

The report is divided into the following chapters:

  • letters to the Prime Minister
  • reporting back and looking forward
  • thriving, not just surviving
  • maintaining connections with family, friends and culture
  • ensuring effective care, support and treatment
  • something meaningful to do
  • feeling safe, stable and secure
  • preventing suicide.

This report includes eight new recommendations which build upon the 10 existing recommendations from the 2012 report. These recommendations are aimed at achieving the best possible health and wellbeing for all Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Ogloff JRP, Patterson J, Cutajar M, Adams K, Thomas S, Halacas C (2013)

Koori Prisoner Mental Health and Cognitive Function Study: executive summary and recommendations.

Melbourne: Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Ogloff JRP, Patterson J, Cutajar M, Adams K, Thomas S, Halacas C (2013)

Koori Prisoner Mental Health and Cognitive Function Study: final report.

Melbourne: Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Price M, Dalgliesh J (2013)

Help-seeking among Indigenous Australian adolescents.

Youth Studies Australia; 32(1): 10-18

Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (2013)

Submission to the consultation on improving mental health services in country Australia.

Melbourne: Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

Robertson S, Blanchard M, Coughlan F, Robertson A (2013)

How did we score? Engaging young people in the development of a national report card on mental health and suicide prevention.

Abbostsford, Victoria: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre

Ryder A, Blurton D, Hansen C, Collard L, Bracknell C, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Perth.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Sambrano R, Cox L (2013)

‘I sang Amazing Grace for about 3 hours that day': Understanding Indigenous Australians' experience of seclusion.

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing; 22(6): 522–531

Skinner TC, Blick J, Coffin J, Dudgeon P, Forrest S, Morrison D (2013)

Comparative validation of self-report measures of negative attitudes towards Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders.

Rural and Remote Health; 13: 1959

Retrieved 9 April 2013 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=1959

Sowerwine S, Schetzer L (2013)

Sentencing contradictions: difficulties faced by people living with mental illness in contact with the criminal justice system .

Sydney: Public Interest Advocacy Centre

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2013)

Report on government services 2013.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Stewart J, Allan J (2013)

Building relationships with Aboriginal people: a cultural mapping toolbox.

Australian Social Work; 66(1): 118-129

Taylor J (2013)

Practical ways to overcome isolation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers: a literature review.

Canberra: Carers Australia

The purpose of this report was to address the apparent lack of information pertaining to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers. In reviewing Australian and international literature, this report sought to elucidate the caregiving experience of unpaid Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers - those providing assistance to a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue, or who are frail aged. This report provides information specific to the lived experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers, and the barriers such carers encounter in accessing services. The report also identifies ways to better enable support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Tjalaminu M, Miller D, Collard L, Bracknell C, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Northam/Toodyay.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Trueman SWT (2013)

Contextualizing mental health nursing encounters in Australian remote Aboriginal communities: part 2, client encounters and interviews.

Issues in Mental Health Nursing; 34(10): 772-775

Trueman SWT (2013)

Contextualizing mental health nursing encounters in Australian remote Aboriginal communities: part I, history and customs.

Issues in Mental Health Nursing; 34(9): 715-718

Van Dooren K, Richards A, Lennox N, Kinner SA (2013)

Complex health-related needs among young, soon-to-be-released prisoners.

Health and Justice; 1

Retrieved 24 October 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2194-7899-1-1

2012

Bennett B, Green S, Gilbert S, Bessarab B, eds. (2012)

Our voices : Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander social work.

South Yarra, Vic: Palgrave Macmillan

Anderson M, Bilney J, Bycroft N, Cockatoo-Collins D, Creighton G, Else J, Faulkner C, French J, Liddle T, Miller A, Miller J, Quinnell L, Stewart B, Sutton P, Thomas C, Trindall C, Wilson J, Malin M, Moller J (2012)

Closing the gap: support for Indigenous loss.

Australian Nursing Journal; 19(10): 24-27

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (2012)

Ten year roadmap for national mental health reform : Draft #4 [draft for consultation].

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2012)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australians for Native Title Reconciliation (2012)

ANTaR prebudget submission: 2012-13.

Dulwich Hill, NSW: Australians for Native Title Reconciliation

This report prepared by Australians for Native Title Reconciliation (ANTaR) outlines their key expenditure recommendations for the 2012-13 federal budget. The 31 recommendations relate to:

  • resetting relationships and respecting rights
  • creating safe and sustainable Northern Territory communities
  • education, early childhood and language
  • protecting rights to land and resources
  • time to reduce imprisonment: a new approach to crime prevention that makes social and economic sense
  • supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economic development
  • investing in community controlled health services to close the gap and create jobs
  • sorry is the first step: reparations for the Stolen generations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Berndsen M, McGarty C (2012)

Perspective taking and opinions about forms of reparation for victims of historical harm.

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin; 38(10): 1316-1328

Butler C (2012)

Indigenous adolescent mental health: what is the role of primary health care?.

RESEARCH ROUNDup; June 2012(24): 1-2

Campbell LV (2012)

'It's been a long hard fight for me': the stolen generations and narratives of poor health in Australia 1883-2009.

Master of Arts thesis, University of Waikato: Hamilton, NZ

Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (2012)

Views of young people in residential care survey: responding to trauma and attachment needs in residential care: what young people's perceptions tell us about how well we're doing in Queensland.

Brisbane: Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2012)

Final evaluation of youth in communities for the department of families, housing, community services and Indigenous affairs: final report.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Griffin C, Hinton R, Nagel T (2012)

Yarning about Indigenous mental health: translation of a recovery paradigm to practice.

Advances in Mental Health; 10(3): 1

Harris JB, Hill B, Kiernan M (2012)

A model for increasing Indigenous participation in psychology degrees.

Australian Psychologist; 47(3):

Healing Foundation (2012)

Healing centres : final report - 21 December 2012.

Kingston, ACT: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation

Healing Foundation (2012)

Our healing: our solutions: volume 3.

Kingston, ACT: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation

Healing Foundation (2012)

Training and education : journey to healing volume 1.

Kingston, ACT: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation

Healing Foundation (2012)

Why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing services are a good investment for business and industry.

Kingston, ACT: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation

Herringa S, Spangarob J, Lauwa M, McNamara L (2012)

The intersection of trauma, racism, and cultural competence in effective work with Aboriginal people: waiting for trust.

Australian Social Work; iFirst(http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2012.697566)

Retrieved 16 October 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2012.697566

Isaacs AN, Maybery D, Gruis H (2012)

Mental health services for Aboriginal men: mismatches and solutions.

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing; 21(5): 400–408

Macklin J (2012)

Continuing our efforts to close the gap: Ministerial statements 2012-13.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

McDermott BM, Cobham VE (2012)

Family functioning in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

BMC Psychiatry; 12: 55

Retrieved 31 May 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-244X-12-55.pdf

McKenna T, Woods DB (2012)

Using psychotherapeutic arts to decolonise counselling for Indigenous peoples.

Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy; 3(1): 29-40

Mental Health Council of Australia (2012)

Recognition and respect: mental health carers report 2012.

Deakin, ACT: Mental Health Council of Australia

This report provides insight into the lived experience of people who care for someone with a mental illness. It documents the findings of a survey that was distributed to mental health carers in 2011-2012 by the Mental Health Council of Australia. The survey findings have been categorised according to similarity and include: the need to recognise and respect the important contribution that carers make to the lives of people with mental illness; the carers' perspective on the services and support available to them; the carers' views of the services and support available to consumers; and the experiences of young carers, culturally and linguistically diverse carers, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers. Detailed information is provided for each of the major findings, with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carer section focusing on: cultural issues; services and support for Aboriginal carers; financial burdens; respite services; housing; stigma and discrimination; services and support for Aboriginal consumers; and workforce issues.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Nadew GT (2012)

Exposure to traumatic events, prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol abuse in Aboriginal communities.

Rural and Remote Health; 12: 1667

Retrieved 12 October 2012 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=1667

National Mental Health Commission (2012)

A contributing life: the 2012 national report card on mental health and suicide prevention.

Sydney: National Mental Health Commission

This report is the first national report card into mental health and suicide prevention in Australia. It is the product of an independent review of mental health, which involved extensive consultations with, and contributions from, people with a lived experience of mental health issues, their family and supporters, and those working in the field in varying capacities. The report card is divided into chapters, with each chapter focusing on a particular issue, such as the emotional and social wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The chapters include information, assessment, and commentary on how the nation is faring in relation to each issue, the progress made, and the improvements required. Incorporated into the report card are the personal stories of those affected by mental health difficulties to highlight the current circumstances of people living with mental health difficulties. The report card culminates in 10 recommendations which point to areas where real action is needed to ensure those with mental health difficulties live a contributing life.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

National Mental Health Commission (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples overcoming cycles of disadvantage for a contributing life.

In: A contributing life: the 2012 national report card on mental health and suicide prevention. Sydney: National Mental Health Commission: 19-26

This section of the A contributing life report provides information on the mental health, and the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This section of the report includes data, the personal stories of two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by mental health difficulties, and the fictional story of a young boy that details his journey from early life to adulthood. It acknowledges the diversity that exists within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population while also providing insight into some of the mental health challenges encountered by Indigenous peoples, and the improvements needed to service delivery. This report section forms part of a larger document that is the first national report card into mental health and suicide prevention in Australia. The report card is the product of an independent review of mental health, which involved extensive consultations with, and contributions from, people with a lived experience of mental health issues, their family and supporters, and those working in the field in varying capacities. Included in the report card are sections dedicated to selected issues within the mental health field, as well as 10 recommendations which point to areas where real action is needed to ensure those with mental health difficulties live a contributing life.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

National Sorry Day Committee (2012)

Stolen Generations Working Partnership scorecard 2012: the progress of the SGWP from May 2011 to May 2012.

Canberra: National Sorry Day Committee

Parker RM (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health: paradise lost? [editorial].

Medical Journal of Australia; 196(2): 89-90

Prandl KJ, Rooney R, Bishop BJ (2012)

Mental health of Australian Aboriginal women during pregnancy: identifying the gaps.

Archives of Womens Mental Health; 15(3): 149-154

Queensland Health (2012)

The health of Queenslanders 2012: advancing good health. Fourth report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Robinson G, Tyler W, Jones Y, Silburn S, Zubrick SR (2012)

Context, diversity and engagement: early intervention with Australian Aboriginal families in urban and remote contexts.

Children & Society; 26(5): 343–355

Rosenberg S (2012)

International benchmarking of Australia's mental health performance – state of play review: project report.

Sydney: National Mental Health Commission

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workers: position statement 50.

Melbourne: Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Standing Council of Health (2012)

Mental health statement of rights and responsibilities 2012.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2012)

Report on government services 2012.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Stolen Generations' Testimonies Foundation (2012)

Stolen Generations' testimonies [audiovisuals].

Retrieved 2012 from http://stolengenerationstestimonies.com/index.php/testimonies/index.1.html

This website records the experiences of the survivors of the Stolen generations. It was launched on the fourth anniversary of the National apology to Indigenous Australians. The website gives members an opportunity to share their stories and to engage in the healing process. It also allows others to understand the pain and suffering of individuals, families and communities affected by past government policies.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Sutton K, Maybery D, Moore T (2012)

Bringing them home: a Gippsland mental health workforce recruitment strategy.

Australian Health Review; 36(1): 79-82

Thomson N, MacRae A, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Urquhart B (2012)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Trauer T, Nagel T (2012)

Outcome measurement in adult Indigenous mental health consumers.

Advances in Mental Health; 11(1): 106-116

Vivian A, Pries T (2012)

Factors affecting crime rates in Indigenous communities in NSW: Kempsey and Gunnedah.

Sydney: Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology

This report provides details of qualitative research undertaken to explore Indigenous offending in the communities of Kempsey and Gunnedah in New South Wales. For each community, it provides details about:

  • geography, demographics and history
  • community dynamics, leadership and governance
  • socioeconomic profile and economic participation
  • crime (statistics and perceptions)
  • factors contributing to adult and youth crime
  • crime prevention and responses to the crime rate
  • criminal justice issues
  • services and policies relating to justice.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2011

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: 2010 report.

Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing

This is the third report developed under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as well as the more recent measures introduced under Closing the gap national partnerships.

The performance framework reports on the three tiers of health:

  • health status and outcomes: this includes measures of prevalence of disease or injury, human function, life expectancy and wellbeing
  • measures of the health determinants: this includes socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours
  • health system performance: this includes effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility and sustainability.
Major findings of the report include:
  • a significant decline in Indigenous deaths due to avoidable causes
  • narrowing of the mortality gap
  • reduction in infant mortality
  • chronic diseases are a continuing concern, contributing to two thirds of the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • there were slight reductions in literacy and numeracy gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
  • risky behaviours, such as smoking and lack of physical activity, were continuing concerns among Indigenous people
  • access to, and utilisation of medical services is less than expected given higher levels of illness
  • access to medical services is more difficult in remote than non-remote areas.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Mental health services - in brief 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Cappo D, McGorry P, Hickie I, Rosenberg S, Moran J, Hamilton M (2011)

Including, connecting, contributing: a blueprint to transform mental health and social participation in Australia.

Sydney: Brain and Mind Research Institute

Doyle K (2011)

Modes of colonisation and patterns of contemporary mental health: towards an understanding of Canadian Aboriginal, Australian Aboriginal and Maori peoples.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(1): 20-23

Hampshire WJ (2011)

Dhangude Dunghutti Burrai welcomed to Dunghutti Land: towards a shared understanding of grief and loss.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Southern Cross University: Lismore, NSW

The study has documented the beliefs, values and opinions related to the experience of grief and loss. The study has also highlighted the meaning of grief for participants, (which is much broader than the meaning of grief for non-Aboriginal people) and the study has shown that the community involved has a unique history, which shapes the current experience of grief. Therefore culturally safe health care would include this experience. The study has confirmed that Aboriginal people who participated hold strong beliefs and practice rituals in relation to death, dying, loss and grief.

Authors abstract

Jones R, Day A (2011)

Mental health, criminal justice and culture: some ways forward?.

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(4): 325-330

Murphy F (2011)

Archives of sorrow: an exploration of Australia's stolen generations and their journey into the past.

History and Anthropology; 22(4): 481-495

Productivity Commission (2011)

Report on government services 2011.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Spurgeon D (2011)

Indigenous mental health nursing in remote settings.

In: Edward K, Munro I, Robins A, Welch A, eds. Mental health nursing : dimensions of praxis. South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press: 415-426

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2011)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2011.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

This report is the fifth in a series of reports on overcoming Indigenous disadvantage as commissioned by the heads of government in 2002. It has been produced in consultation with Indigenous peoples, governments, academics and service providers. The report measures the progress of the six targets set by the Council of Australian Governments Closing the gap strategy, together with other identified significant indicators. The report has three main sections:

  • an overview of the key messages
  • the main report which provides the evidence base for the framework for the report and detailed information on the current outcomes and those interventions and policies that have enhanced those outcomes
  • tables expanding on the data presented in the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2011)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2011 overview.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

Wanganeen R (2011)

Integrating personal and professional experiences: seven phases to integrating loss and grief.

Grief Matters; 14(3): 78-88

West R, Usher K (2011)

The mental health of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In: Edward K, Munro I, Robins A, Welch A, eds. Mental health nursing : dimensions of praxis. South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press: 397-408

Western Australian Country Health Service (2011)

Mental health strategic intent: strategic framework for service planning to 2020.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Health

Zubrick SR, Mitrou F, Lawrence D, Silburn SR (2011)

Maternal death and the onward psychosocial circumstances of Australian Aboriginal children and young people.

Psychological Medicine; 41(9): 1971-1980

2010

beyondblue, ed. (2010)

Research: targeted research in depression, anxiety and related disorders 2007-2010.

Canberra: beyondblue

Australian Government (2010)

National standards for mental health services 2010.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Bain E, Chur-Hansen A (2010)

'Why has this patient presented in this manner at this time in the context of his or her life?'.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(2): 17-20

Caruana C (2010)

Healing services for Indigenous people.

Family Relationships Quarterly; (17): 3-9

Cox L (2010)

Queensland Aborigines, multiple realities and the social sources of suffering: part 2: suicide, spirits and symbolism.

Oceania; 80(3): 241-262

Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

National mental health report 2010: summary of 15 Years of reform in Australia's mental health services under the National Mental Health Strategy 1993-2008.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Dingwall KM, Cairney S (2010)

Psychological and cognitive assessment of Indigenous Australians.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; 44(1): 20-30

This article provides an evaluation of the psychological and cognitive assessments considered suitable for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The article presents a review of various psychological, mental health, social and emotional wellbeing, and cognitive assessments that have been used in, or developed for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Eckermann A-K, Dowd T, Chong E, Nixon L, Gray R, Johnson SM (2010)

Binan Goonj : bridging cultures in Aboriginal health.

3rd Edition ed. Sydney: Churchill Livingstone

Ellis IK, Philip T (2010)

Improving the skills of rural and remote generalists to manage mental health emergencies.

Rural and Remote Health; 10: 1503

Retrieved from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1503.pdf

Flint PJ (2010)

Emotional and behavioural problems in Indigenous adults with intellectual disability.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, Monash University: Melbourne

Isaacs AN, Pyett P, Oakley-Browne MA, Gruis H, Waples-Crowe P (2010)

Barriers and facilitators to the utilization of adult mental health services by Australia's Indigenous people: seeking a way forward.

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing; 19(2): 75-82

Laing L, Toivonen C, Irwin J, Napier L (2010)

“They never asked me anything about that”: the stories of women who experience domestic violence and mental health concerns/illness.

Sydney: University of Sydney

Mental Health Standing Committee (2010)

Fourth national mental health plan: first progress report of implementation activity: January-December 2010.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

Merritt S, Harris H, Macdonald E (2010)

The Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network (ACATLGN).

Family Relationships Quarterly; (17): 27-28

Moore T, Sutton K, Maybery D (2010)

Rural mental health workforce difficulties: a management perspective.

Rural and Remote Health; (10): 1519

Retrieved from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1519.pdf

Nagel TM, Thompson C (2010)

The central role of Aboriginal families in motivational counselling: family support and family ‘humbug'.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 10(1):

Parker R (2010)

Australia's Aboriginal population and mental health.

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease; 198(1): 3-7

Purdie N, Dudgeon P, Walker R, eds. (2010)

Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

This book was developed as an information source for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with social and emotional wellbeing and substance use issues. The book contains comprehensive, culturally appropriate information to educate and assist health professionals who work with Indigenous clients.

The book is divided into four parts:

  • history and contexts
  • issues of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing
  • mental health practice
  • working with specific groups - models, programs, and services.

Many of the book chapters were authored by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Indigenous artwork features in various parts of the book.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Ralph NL (2010)

Trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, suicide and aspects of well being among Aboriginal adolescents in the Kimberley.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Western Australia: Perth

SA Health (2010)

Summary report: statewide Aboriginal mental health consultation.

Adelaide: Government of South Australia

Sevar K (2010)

Working with remote Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland: an experiential narrative.

Australasian Psychiatry; 18(4): 340-352

South Australian Department of Health (2010)

Adult community mental health services: model of care.

Adelaide: South Australian Department of Health

The Adult community mental health services: model of care was developed as part of the need to review policy and advise on the redesign and improvement of South Australia's mental health system.

The model of care describes the service level principles and processes that inform, underpin, and direct the provision of community mental health services to adults aged 18-64 years across the Adelaide metropolitan health regions. The document is not Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander specific but does include information on Indigenous mental health.

The Adult community mental health services: model of care is intended for use in conjunction with the South Australian mental health and wellbeing policy 2010-2015 and may be of use as a reference for mental health workers.

Abstract adapted from South Australian Department of Health

South Australian Mental Health Policy Unit (2010)

South Australia's mental health and wellbeing policy 2010-2015.

Adelaide: South Australian Department of Health

Statewide Service Strategy Division (2010)

Aboriginal health care plan 2010-2016.

Adelaide: Department of Health, South Australia

The Aboriginal health care plan 2010-2016 has been developed by SA Health as part of a significant health reform led by the South Australian Government. It aims to:

  • outline ways to reduce ill health among South Australian Aboriginal people
  • promote cultural responsiveness in the health system
  • promote Aboriginal community health and wellbeing

Aiming for an achievement of these overarching goals, the plan:

  • describes the demographic and major health issues for Aboriginal South Australians and variations across the state
  • outlines a model comprising six key areas: supporting good health; stronger primary health care; better care for those with high needs; an integrated and collaborative approach to the planning and delivery of services and programs, a focus on priorities; enablers for action
  • identifies six priorities for action based on the burden of disease and population profile
  • sets a framework for the regional Aboriginal health improvement plans
  • identifies key next steps and governance arrangements

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Taylor J, Jones RM, O'Reilly P, Oldfield W, Blackburn A (2010)

The Station Community Mental Health Centre Inc: nurturing and empowering.

Rural and Remote Health; (10): 1411

Retrieved from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1411.pdf

Thackrah R, Scott K, Winch J, eds. (2010)

Indigenous Australian health and cultures : an introduction for health professionals.

Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.: Pearson Australia

This edited volume has been written by a diverse group of health professionals, the majority of whom are Indigenous Australians. A life cycle approach has been adopted, with chapters focusing on pregnancy and birthing through to the care and responsibilities of the elderly. These are bookended by the first chapter on 'Culture, history and health' which contextualises the subsequent content and the final chapter on future directions following the National apology.

The book includes the following chapters:

  • 'Culture, history and health' by Sherry Saggers, Maggie Walter, Dennis Gray
  • 'New life: conception, pregnancy and birthing' by Terry Dunbar and Linda Ford
  • 'Aboriginal infants and young children: the challenges ahead' by Heather D'Antoine and Dawn Bessarab
  • 'Aboriginal youth: challenges, strengths and opportunities' by David Vicary and Tine Hoult
  • 'The health, social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal women' by Pat Dudgeon and Roz Walker
  • 'Lives of Indigenous Australian men' by Mick Adams and Brian McCoy
  • 'The elderly: care and responsibilities' by Sandra Thompson, Rosemary van den Berg and Kate Smith
  • 'Loss, grief, bad luck and sorry business' by Jane Ulrik, Denise Foster and Vanessa Davis
  • 'The National apology: a new pathway forward?' By Shaun Ewen and Brian McCoy

Pearson Australia abstract

Thomas TP (2010)

Stolen generations : the pocket Windschuttle.

Sydney: Macleay Press

Thomson N, MacRae A, Burns J, Catto M, Debuyst O, Krom I, Midford R, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Urquhart B (2010)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2010.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Townsend M, Weerasuriya R (2010)

Beyond blue to green: the benefits of contact with nature for mental health and well-being.

Melbourne: Beyond Blue Limited

Wand APF, Eades SJ, Corr MJ (2010)

Considering culture in the psychiatric assessment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Advances in Mental Health; 9(1): 36-48

Ward R, Gorman D (2010)

Racism, discrimination and health services to Aboriginal people in south west Queensland.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(6): 3-5

Westerman T (2010)

Engaging Australian Aboriginal youth in mental health services.

Australian Psychologist; 45(3): 212-222

Western Australian Mental Health Commission (2010)

Mental Health 2020: making it personal and everybody's business.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Mental Health Commission

Williamson AB, Raphael B, Redman S, Daniels J, Eades SJ, Mayers N (2010)

Emerging themes in Aboriginal child and adolescent mental health: findings from a qualitative study in Sydney, New South Wales.

Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 603-605

2009

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation Development Team (2009)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation Development Team discussion paper.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation Development Team (2009)

Voices from the campfires: establishing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2009)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2009.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (2009)

Submission to the External Reference Group of the ‘Towards a National Primary Health Care Strategy' discussion paper.

Melbourne: Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

Measuring the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report provides a picture of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, using data from the 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS) and a range of administrative datasets. An interim module, developed to measure social and emotional wellbeing in the 2004-05 NATSIHS, covered the areas of psychological distress, impact of psychological distress, positive wellbeing, anger, life stressors, discrimination, cultural identification and removal from natural family. This reports assesses the use of the NATSIHS module and makes recommendations to improve the module and other measures of Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Berry SL, Crowe TP (2009)

A review of engagement of Indigenous Australians within mental health and substance abuse services.

Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health; 8(1):

Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health Queensland (2009)

Key directions for a social, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing population health framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in Queensland.

Cairns, Qld: Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health Queensland

This report aims to inform policy, program development and practice regarding key directions for the development of a social, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing framework relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in Queensland. The report provides a rationale for focusing on social, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing (SESWB) as a way to promote Indigenous health and wellbeing and reduce Indigenous disadvantage.

Three key directions for future investment are described: build evidence, enhance capacity and develop workforce. The report sets out a rationale, examples of current initiatives, and recommended actions for each key direction.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Cornwall A (2009)

Restoring identity: final report of the Moving forward consultation project.

Sydney: Public Interest Advocacy Centre

Cox L (2009)

Queensland Aborigines, multiple realities and the social sources of suffering: psychiatry and moral regions of being: part 1.

Oceania; 79(2): 97-120

Yia Marra: good stories that make spirits strong, from the people of Ntaria/Hermannsburg [CD included with publication] (2009)

Denborough D, Wingard B, White C

This resource pack includes a publication and CD which are the product of a research project that involved Aboriginal communities sharing their stories about how they have dealt with community hardships. The publication is made up of two parts:

  • part one includes stories from the Ntaria/Hermannsburg community about how they have dealt with community hardships such as grief and alcohol
  • part two explains the principles that guided the research project and also discusses the concept of collective narrative practice (a way of working with individuals, groups, and communities who have experienced trauma).

The CD includes stories and songs from the Ntaria/Hermannsburg community, and messages from other countries such as Chile and Norway.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Health and Ageing (2009)

National mental health policy 2008.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Department of Health and Ageing (2009)

Service activity reporting: Bringing Them Home and Link Up counsellors 2007-08.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

This report presents the findings from the service level data collected from Bringing Them Home (BTH) services and Link Up Counsellors. The information collected includes: the number of clients; episodes of care provided; service resources; staffing profiles; and the range of activities undertaken by the services. In 2007-08, 76 services had BTH and Link Up funded counsellor positions. The counsellors saw 9,190 clients during this year, with a total of 38,700 client contacts.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Dillon A (2009)

Post Traumatic Stress Strength.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 33(1): 22-25

Duke M, Ewen S (2009)

Implementation of Indigenous mental health training in Victoria.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(3): 228-232

Duke M, Ewen S (2009)

Social and emotional wellbeing training of psychiatrists in Victoria: preliminary communication.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S100 - S103

Dyer G, Hunter E (2009)

Creative Recovery: art for mental health's sake.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S146 - S150

Edwards R, Fisher KR, Tannous K, Robinson S (2009)

Housing and associated support for people with mental illness or psychiatric disability.

Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre

Feeney M (2009)

Reclaiming the Spirit of Well Being: promising healing practices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: The Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network

Fielke K, Cord-Udy N, Buckskin J, Lattanzio A (2009)

The development of an 'Indigenous team' in a mainstream mental health service in South Australia.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S75 - S78

Fourth National Mental Health Plan Working Group (2009)

Fourth National Mental Health Plan: an agenda for collaborative government action in mental health 2009-2014.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Fredericks B (2009)

There is nothing that identifies me to that place': Indigenous women's perceptions of health spaces and places.

Cultural Studies Review; 15(2): 29-44

Hart LM, Jorm AF, Kanowski LG, Kelly CM, Langlands RL (2009)

Mental health first aid for Indigenous Australians: using Delphi consensus studies to develop guidelines for culturally appropriate responses to mental health problems.

BMC Psychiatry; 9(1): 47

Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-244X/9/47

Hartman D, Wallis G, Drahm M, Unwin R, Robinson D (2009)

The Napranum social and emotional wellbeing week.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S88 - S91

Haswell M, Hunter E, Wargent R, Hall B, O'Higgins C, West R (2009)

Protocols for the delivery of social and emotional well being and mental health services in Indigenous communities: guidelines for health workers, clinicians, consumers and carers.

Cairns, QLD: Australian Integrated Mental Health Initiative, Queensland Health

This manual was written to provide health professionals with a set of rules for the delivery of mental health services in Indigenous communities in Queensland. The information comes from evidence-based research and addresses the lack of resources available to health professionals on best practice standards for providing mental health care to Indigenous clients.

The manual consists of two parts:

  • Part 1 focuses on understanding and supporting social and emotional wellbeing and mental health with Indigenous peoples, covering topics such as:
    • an overview on mental health
    • culturally appropriate mental health assessment and treatment for Indigenous people
    • new approaches to service delivery
    • practitioner tools and mental health care
  • Part 2 provides guidelines for supporting people with the following mental illnesses:
    • depression
    • anxiety disorders
    • self-harming behaviours
    • schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Heffernan E, Andersen K, Kinner S (2009)

The insidious problem inside: mental health problems of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S41 - S46

Jones C, Brideson T (2009)

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

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S72 - S74

Kanowski L, Jorm A, Hart L (2009)

A mental health first aid training program for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: description and initial evaluation.

International Journal of Mental Health Systems; 3: 10

Retrieved 3 June 2009 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1752-4458-3-10

Kelly K, Dudgeon P, Gee G, Glaskin B (2009)

Living on the edge: social and emotional wellbeing and risk and protective factors for serious psychological distress among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

Kraemer S, Gately N, Kessell J (2009)

HoPE (Health of Prisoner Evaluation): pilot study of prisoner physical health and psychological wellbeing.

Perth: Edith Cowan University, School of Law & Justice

This report details findings from the Health of Prisoner Evaluation (HoPE) pilot project that sought to investigate prisoner health in Western Australia. The impetus for this project was the recognition of the lack of national data reporting on the health of Australian prisoners. The project involved administering a health questionnaire to Indigenous and non-Indigenous male and female prisoners in Western Australia. The data generated from the questionnaire provides preliminary information on prisoner health trends in the following areas: physical health; mental health; addictive behaviours; illicit drugs; contact with families; sexual history and sexual health; tattooing; and body piercing. The report compares the results of the study with information about the general population, but also evaluates the differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous prisoners, and male and female respondents. This pilot study aimed to create a way for a standardised program of health checks to be introduced into WA prisons and ultimately for all Australian prisons.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Krieg A (2009)

The experience of collective trauma in Australian Indigenous communities.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S28-S32

Mental Health and Drugs Division (2009)

Victorian mental health reform strategy 2009-2019.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Human Services

Mindframe Media and Mental Health Project (2009)

Reporting suicide and mental illness: a Mindframe resource for media professionals.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

This report was produced as a guide for media professionals when reporting on suicide and mental illness. The information in the report aims to educate media professionals on how to report on mental health issues in a responsible and appropriate way. The report covers topics such as:

  • the impact of media reporting
  • issues to consider when reporting suicide
  • information and research on suicide
  • issues to consider when reporting on mental illness
  • information and research on mental illness
  • mental illness definitions
  • contacts for further information and expert comment.

The report is aimed at all Australian media organisations and professionals and as such, does not include information specific to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

O'Loughlin M (2009)

A psychoanalytic exploration of collective trauma among Indigenous Australians and a suggestion for intervention.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S33-S36

Pere L (2009)

Creating better futures: when the theory fails and the future is no more.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(s1): S10-S14

Ranzijn R, McConnochie K, Nolan W (2009)

Psychology and Indigenous Australians: foundations of cultural competence.

South Yarra, Vic: Palgrave Macmillan

This book provides information on the psychological impact of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It begins by looking at the nature of culture, how colonisation has affected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the role of psychology. It finishes by describing how practitioners can work effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Abstract adapted from Psychology and Indigenous Australians

Stolen Generations Victoria (2009)

Between two worlds: a guide to understanding the Stolen Generations.

Melbourne: Stolen Generations Victoria

This report was written to educate non-Aboriginal service providers about the challenges faced by members of the Stolen generations. It contains information on the history of the Stolen generations and advice on the correct practice for working with members of the Stolen generations. The chapters cover a range of related topics, such as 'Acting white, feeling black' and 'Facing the challenges'.

Abstract adapted from Stolen Generations Victoria

Talbot D (2009)

“The Sergeant wants to acupuncture me”: a personal lens into the introduction of a traditional Eastern therapy to Indigenous Australians.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S92 - S95

Watson C, Harrison N (2009)

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

Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

Windschuttle K (2009)

The fabrication of Aboriginal history. Vol. 3, the stolen generations 1881-2008.

Sydney: Macleay Press

2008

Day A, Davey L, Wanganeen R, Casey S, Howells K, Nakata M (2008)

Symptoms of trauma, perceptions of discrimination, and anger: a comparison between Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous prisoners.

Journal of Interpersonal Violence; 23(2): 245-258

Garvey D (2008)

Review of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australian peoples.

Retrieved 2008 from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/other-health-conditions/mental-health/reviews/our-review

Garvey D (2008)

Review of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australian peoples - considerations, challenges and opportunities.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 8(4): 1-29

Darren Garvey is an Indigenous professional with experience as a recipient and provider of services aimed at addressing the social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) needs of Indigenous people, and as an academic involved in the training of Indigenous and non-Indigenous professionals in providing such services. Darren's perspective as 'insider' and 'outsider', and his professional interest in the development of a culturally competent workforce contributes to the narrative pursued in the review, and to the interplay of academic, policy and practical concerns.

The review describes aspects of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australian people and elements of the Australian contexts in which they live. Major signposts, research findings and interventions concerning Indigenous Australians are highlighted in this review, and a number of general and significant trends are identified. The review attempts to distill several considerations, challenges and opportunities for people involved in the area and for those considering more substantial involvement.

The review begins by discussing the terminology used in the context of Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB). Challenges regarding appropriate service provision, policy, intervention and research priorities are discussed, as well as the means by which practical and conceptual dilemmas regarding these challenges might be resolved.

What emerges is a picture of Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing which is bleak in its account of the mental health problems prevalent among Indigenous people, but also encouraging in the resilience shown by Indigenous people in the face of such adversity. Encouraging too are the efforts made by health service and other professionals to be more conscious of their roles in promoting good SEWB for Indigenous people and the exploration of the varied sites and opportunities in which such work can take place.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Hillin A, McAlpine R, Bennett B, Brideson T, Worral V, Montague R (2008)

A model for consultation with Aboriginal stakeholders about young people's mental health and wellbeing: the NSW School-Link Training Program.

Australasian Psychiatry; 16(5): 326-332

Hunter E (2008)

The Aboriginal tea ceremony: its relevance to psychiatric practice.

Australasian Psychiatry; 16(2): 130-132

Jorm A, Hart L (2008)

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid (AMHFA) National Pilot Program : 2008 evaluation report for the Department of Health and Ageing, Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

Melbourne: ORYGEN Research Centre, University of Melbourne

Kanowski L (2008)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid (AMHFA) program.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 32(2): 18-19

Kenny DT, Lennings CJ, Nelson PK (2008)

The mental health of young offenders serving orders in the community: implications for rehabilitation.

Journal of Offender Rehabilitation; 45(1&2): 123-148

McGlade H (2008)

The Sister Kate's Home Kids Healing Centre: early beginnings.

Australian Indigenous Law Review; 12(Special edition 2): 32-37

McGrath P, Fox-Young S, Phillips E (2008)

Insights on Aboriginal grief practices from the Northern Territory, Australia.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 14(3): 48-57

Mental Health Branch (2008)

Queensland plan for mental health 2007-2017.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

New South Wales Department of Health (2008)

Interagency action plan for better mental health: second yearly progress report.

Sydney: New South Wales Department of Health

NSW Department of Health (2008)

NSW community mental health strategy 2007-2012: from prevention and early intervention to recovery.

Sydney: NSW Department of Health

Office of the Stolen Generations Assessor (2008)

Report of the Stolen Generations Assessor: Stolen Generations of the Aboriginal Children Act 2006.

Hobart: Department of Premier and Cabinet

Omari MC (2008)

Promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of West Kimberley Aboriginal children and youth.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Curtin University of Technology: Perth

Pagdin R, Bradley P, Sims K (2008)

Developing a culturally secure environment and reducing seclusion.

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing; 17(s1): A27

Santhanam R, McEwan A, Bainbridge R, Hunter E, Haswell M, Tsey K (2008)

Adapting the Australian Public Mental Health Performance Indicators to the contextual needs of a Remote Area Child and Youth Mental Health Service.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; : 1-17

Stathis S, Letters P, Doolan I, Fleming R, Heath K, Arnett A, Cory S (2008)

Use of the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument to assess mental health problems in young people within an Australian youth detention centre.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 44(7-8): 438-443

Victorian Department of Human Services (2008)

Because mental health matters: a new focus for mental health and wellbeing in Victoria.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Human Services

Zoeller R (2008)

Closing the Gap - the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 32(2): 4-5

 
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