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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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2014)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2013.

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This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2013. 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

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Determinants of wellbeing for Indigenous Australians.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This paper looks at the wellbeing of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and factors linked with wellbeing. While the focus is on subjective measures of wellbeing, a number of objective measures are also considered; for example, employment status, income and health status. In Australia, subjective measures of wellbeing collected in large-scale surveys generally fall into two main types:

  • emotional wellbeing - the balance between a person's positive feelings (such as happiness) and negative feelings (such as sadness)
  • life satisfaction - how a person feels about their life and the extent to which it has met and is meeting their expectations.

The paper is structured as follows:

  • section one describes the key data sources used in this paper, including how subjective wellbeing is measured in these data sources
  • section two provides information on the subjective wellbeing of Indigenous Australians compared with that of non-Indigenous Australians
  • section three examines the connection between Indigenous subjective wellbeing and a number of factors including health, income and employment, education levels, criminal activity, and victimisation rates.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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

Biddle N (2014)

Measuring and analysing the wellbeing of Australia’s Indigenous population.

Social Indicators Research; 116(3): 713-729

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

Dunstan DA, Todd AK, Kennedy LM, Anderson DL (2014)

Impact and outcomes of a rural personal helpers and mentors service.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 22(2): 50-55

Edwards B, Gray M, Hunter B (2014)

The impact of drought on mental health in rural and regional Australia.

Social Indicators Research; online first(http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-014-0638-2):

Giallo R, D'Esposito F, Cooklin A, Christensen D, Nicholson JM (2014)

Factors associated with trajectories of psychological distress for Australian fathers across the early parenting period.

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology; online first(http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00127-014-0834-z):

Goldfeld S, Kvalsvig A, Incledon E, O'Connor M (2014)

Predictors of mental health competence in a population cohort of Australian children.

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health; 68(5): 431-437

Green D, Minchin L (2014)

Living on climate-changed country: Indigenous health, well-being and climate change in remote Australian communities.

EcoHealth; 11(2): 263-272

Happell B, Staton R, Hoey W, Scott D (2014)

Cardiometabolic health nursing to improve health and primary care access in community mental health consumers: baseline physical health outcomes from a randomised controlled trial.

Issues in Mental Health Nursing; 35(2): 114-121

Hodgetts D, Stolte O, Groot S (2014)

Towards a relationally and action-orientated social psychology of homelessness.

Social and Personality Psychology Compass; 8(4): 156-164

Hopkins KD, Zubrick SR, Taylor CL (2014)

Resilience amongst Australian Aboriginal youth: an ecological analysis of factors associated with psychosocial functioning in high and low family risk contexts.

PLOS One; 9(7): e102820

Retrieved 28 July 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0102820

Kelaher M, Dunt D, Berman N, Curry S, Joubert L, Johnson V (2014)

Evaluating the health impacts of participation in Australian community arts groups.

Health Promotion International; 29(3): 392-402

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

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):

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

Saurman E, Lyle D, Perkins D, Roberts R (2014)

Successful provision of emergency mental health care to rural and remote New South Wales: an evaluation of the Mental health emergency care–rural access program.

Australian Health Review; 38(1): 58-64

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

Southcombe A, Cavanagh J, Bartram T (2014)

Capacity building in Indigenous men's groups and sheds across Australia.

Health Promotion International; Advance Access(http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dat092 ):

Tomyn AJ, Fuller Tyszkiewicz MD, Norrish JM (2014)

The psychometric equivalence of the Personal Wellbeing Index School-Children for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian adolescents.

Journal of Happiness Studies; 15(1): 43-56

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

Whiteside M, Tsey K, Cadet-James Y, McCalman J (2014)

Promoting Aboriginal health [ebook].

Retrieved 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-04618-1

This book highlights the health gap that exists between Indigenous and other Australians and proposes that one solution is to empower Indigenous Australians to take control of their own health and wellbeing. In particular, the book describes an Aboriginal family wellbeing model of empowerment which has been used successfully in programs across Australia. The book provides evidence for what can happen when communities accept change, and acknowledges the importance of future resourcing for empowerment programs which do make a difference in the lives of Indigenous Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2013

Hampton R, Toombs M, eds. (2013)

Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room.

Melbourne: Oxford University Press

Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room seeks to raise awareness of the culturally appropriate way for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in urban and remote areas. The book outlines the central components that influence good health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It aims to provide an understanding of health from the Indigenous perspective while also examining the historical connections of health and the impact of colonisation; past and present.

The book features:

  • fact boxes that help to dismiss any predetermined notions
  • case examples, placement experiences, and personal stories that show actual experiences from the field
  • insights into how health practitioners can influence healthier outcomes
  • questions to encourage students to reflect on their learning.

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)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: New South Wales.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Queensland.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: South Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Victoria.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Western Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (2013)

The wellbeing of young Australians: report card & technical report.

Canberra: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

Bainbridge R, Tsey K, Andrews R, McCalman J, Brown C (2013)

Managing top-down change with bottom-up leadership: developing a social and emotional wellbeing action framework with a discrete Aboriginal community.

Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues; 16(2): 2-20

Brennan T, Charles A, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Mildura.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Browne-Yung K, Ziersch A, Baum F, Gallaher G (2013)

Aboriginal Australians' experience of social capital and its relevance to health and wellbeing in urban settings.

Social Science & Medicine; 97: 20–28

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

Day A, Francisco A (2013)

Social and emotional wellbeing in Indigenous Australians: identifying promising interventions.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(4): 350-355

Duffin W, Riley B, Grogan G, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Kuranda.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Fels A (2013)

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

Melbourne: National Mental Health Commission

Gillies C (2013)

Establishing the United Nations' Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the minimum standard for all forensic practice with Australian Indigenous peoples.

Australian Psychologist; 48(1): 14-27

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

The National Empowerment Project Cherbourg.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Haswell MR, Blignault I, Fitzpatrick S, Jackson Pulver L (2013)

The social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous youth: reviewing and extending the evidence and examining its implications for policy and practice.

Sydney: Muru Marri, University of New South Wales

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

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

Ingram D, Taylor N, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Redfern, Sydney.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Kasat P (2013)

Community arts and cultural development: a powerful tool for social transformation.

Masters by Research thesis, Murdoch University: Perth

Kingsley J, Townsend M, Henderson-Wilson C, Bolam B (2013)

Developing an exploratory framework linking Australian Aboriginal peoples' connection to country and concepts of wellbeing.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 10(2): 678-698

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

Matthews G, Burton J (2013)

Promising practice in intensive family support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Developing Practice: the Child, Youth and Family Work Journal; 34(Summer 2013): 56-66

Maxwell Y, Day A, Casey S (2013)

Understanding the needs of vulnerable prisoners: the role of social and emotional wellbeing.

International Journal of Prisoner Health; 9(2): 57-67

McDonald J, Haswell M (2013)

Indigenous men's groups and social and emotional well-being: an Indigenous doctor's perspective.

Australasian Psychiatry; 21(5): 490-493

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

The National Empowerment Project Toomelah.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Miller-Lewis LR, Searle AK, Sawyer MG, Baghurst PA, Hedley D (2013)

Resource factors for mental health resilience in early childhood: An analysis with multiple methodologies.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health; 7: 6

Retrieved 22 February 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1753-2000-7-6

Milroy HM (2013)

Beyond cultural security; towards sanctuary.

Medical Journal of Australia; 199(1): 14

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

Osborne S (2013)

Kulintja nganampa maa-kunpuntjaku (strengthening our thinking): place-based approaches to mental health and wellbeing in Anangu schools.

The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education; 42(Special issue 2): 182-193

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

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

Taylor J (2013)

Overcoming the isolation experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers.

Partyline; 46(March 2013): 20-21

Think Insight and advice (2013)

Can we talk...about mental illness and suicide? A sampling of Australian community opinion.

Sydney: National Mental Health Commission

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

Tomyn AJ, Norrish JM, Cummins RA (2013)

The subjective wellbeing of Indigenous Australian adolescents: validating the personal wellbeing index-school children.

Social Indicators Research; 110(3): 1013-1031

Zubaran C, Foresti K, de Moore G (2013)

Aborigines, colonizers and newcomers: the landscape of transcultural psychiatry research in Australia.

Transcultural Psychiatry; 50(6): 876-899

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

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

Australian Institute of Family Studies (2012)

Growing up in Australia: the longitudinal study of Australian children: 2010–11 annual report.

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

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Social and emotional wellbeing: development of a children's headline indicator.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Children's Headline Indicators are a set of measures established to focus policy in 19 priority areas related to children's health, development, and wellbeing. This paper describes the process involved in developing a Headline Indicator for the social and emotional wellbeing priority area. This developmental process entailed: defining the social and emotional wellbeing concept; reviewing the literature on social and emotional wellbeing and children's outcomes; identifying possible indicators; and consulting key experts and stakeholders. The outcome of this process saw strong support for the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) as an appropriate instrument for measuring social and emotional wellbeing in children, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Future work must now focus on identifying the most appropriate means of collecting data for the social and emotional wellbeing Headline Indicator due to the absence of a suitable national data source for reporting on this Indicator.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Baker J (2012)

Theorising survival: Indigenous women and social and emotional wellbeing.

Maleny, QLD: e-Content Management

This book uses a theoretical model to explore the position of Indigenous Australians in relation to health science research. It provides a contemporary understanding of Indigenous affairs, particularly in regards to counselling, community development, and policy. The book is comprised of eight chapters, covering the following topic areas:

  • Not another native informant
  • Reconstructing gender and 'race' relations after the frontier
  • Consciousness, abjection and the colonised subject
  • Pain as a catalyst for change, for working for change
  • 'Changing the terms of the conversation' and moving from "a survival mentality to a living mentality"
  • Borderlands: what is happening there?
  • Land and spirit: old ways of being
  • Conclusion: abjection denies a future of shared joys.

Abstract adapted from eContent Management

Bamblett M, Frederico M, Harrison J, Jackson A, Lewis P (2012)

'Not one size fits all': understanding the social & emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children.

Melbourne: Berry Street Childhood Institute

Aboriginal children are commonly subjected to inappropriate social and emotional wellbeing assessments and measures that fail to consider their culture, beliefs, connection to family, community and place, spirituality, and their individual experiences. The study described in this report sought to address this shortcoming by exploring culturally appropriate assessment approaches that depict with greater accuracy and sensitivity, the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children. A particular focus of this study was Aboriginal children who have experienced trauma through significant abuse and/or neglect. The study utilised an action research methodology and involved participation from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal individuals and organisations. Nine key findings emerged from the study, and together with the recommendations, are discussed in detail in the final chapters of the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Barcham R (2012)

Theorising empowerment practice from the Pacific and Indigenous Australia.

Doctor of philosophy thesis, Australian National University: Canberra

Biddle N, Swee H (2012)

The relationship between wellbeing and Indigenous land, language and culture in Australia.

Australian Geographer; 43(3): 215-232

Biddle N (2012)

Measures of Indigenous social capital and their relationship with well-being.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 20(6): 298-304

Bulman J (2012)

Mibbinbah, a safe space to find your voice.

Health Issues; (109): 24-26

Butler C (2012)

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

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

Faulkner S, Wood L, Ivery P, Donovan R (2012)

It Is not just music and rhythm . . . evaluation of a drumming-based intervention to improve the social wellbeing of alienated youth.

Children Australia; 37(1): 31 - 39

Goreng TG (2012)

Living in shadows, healing in the law: an Aboriginal experience of recovery using psychotherapy and Aboriginal spiritual practice.

Psychotherapy and Politics International; 10(3): 205–218

Guerin B, Guerin P (2012)

Re-thinking mental health for Indigenous Australian communities: communities as context for mental health.

Community Development Journal; 47(4): 555-570

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

Isaacs A, Maybery D (2012)

Improving mental health awareness of rural Aboriginal men: perspectives from Gippsland.

Australasian Psychiatry; 20(2): 108-111

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

Kreutz AS (2012)

Munu gukooreree: Aboriginal children's use and experience of space and place in Cherbourg.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, The University of Queensland: Brisbane

Lau P, Marion C, Blow R, Thomson Z (2012)

Healing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians at risk with the justice system: a programme with wider implications?.

Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health; 22(5): 297-302

Leenders M, Dyer G, Saunders V (2012)

From creative recovery to creative Livelihoods: “It's not just art... it's a healing thing”: the benefits of an arts based health initiative in remote Indigenous communities: evaluation report 2011.

Cairns, QLD: Australasian Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health

Little K, Sanson A, Zubrick SR (2012)

Do individual differences in temperament matter for Indigenous children? The structure and function of temperament in Footprints in Time.

Family Matters; 2012(91): 92-105

LoGiudice DC, Smith K, Shadforth G, Lindeman CE, Atkinson D, Schaper F, Lautenschlager N, Murphy R, Flicker L (2012)

Lungurra Ngoora - a pilot model of care for aged and disabled in a remote Aboriginal community – can it work?.

Rural and Remote Health; 12: 2078

Retrieved 24 December 2012 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2078

This study explored the development and implementation of a locally designed community service model of care for older people, and people with disability and/or mental health problems in remote Aboriginal Australia.

Based on extensive community consultation with older people, families, carers, community members and stakeholders, a model of care was developed to address unmet needs for the target population and their carers in the remote community of Looma, in the Kimberley region of Australia. The model was implemented and evaluated over 12 months.

The Lungurra Ngoora community care service model pilot project demonstrated a successful collaborative service model that addressed the care needs of older persons, those with disability and mental illness, and their carers in this remote community. The developmental approach, and model structure, could serve as a template for future delivery of services in remote Aboriginal communities.

Abstract adapted from Rural and Remote Health

Macklin J (2012)

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

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

Mares S, Robinson G (2012)

Culture, context and therapeutic processes: delivering a parent-child intervention in a remote Aboriginal community.

Australasian Psychiatry; 20(2): 102-107

McCalman J (2012)

A grounded theory of program transfer: how an Aboriginal empowerment initiative became "bigger than a program".

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, James Cook University: School of Education

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

McNeil N, Cavanagh J, Bartram T, Leggat SG (2012)

Identifying barriers to building organisational capacity: a study of an Indigenous men's shed.

Health Issues; (109): 17-20

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

Mildon R, Polimeni M (2012)

Parenting in the early years: effectiveness of parenting support programs for Indigenous families.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report examines the effectiveness of Australian Indigenous family programs that support parenting in the early years. These programs acknowledge the influential role of family and environment in determining the future wellbeing of children. The aim therefore of such programs is to provide appropriate support to parents and families to encourage behaviours and interactions that will promote healthy child development in every facet - physical, social, emotional, and psychological. The family programs of focus in this report include parenting programs and home visiting programs. Both types of programs are examined with much attention directed at the efficacy of these programs in helping Indigenous families. The report concludes by outlining recommendations for the delivery of Indigenous family programs.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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 Mental Health Commission (2012)

National report card on mental health and suicide prevention roundtable consultations 26-27 April 2012.

Sydney: National Mental Health Commission

Parker RM (2012)

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

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

Partington G, Galloway A, Byrne M, Anderson K, Godfrey J, Ferguson N, Thomson N, Burrow S, Payne R, Baxter C, Harrold M (2012)

Keeping kids on track: an initiative developing the resilience of Aboriginal students during a critical transition phase: (Happy Kids Project).

Perth, WA: Kurongkurl Katitjin, Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research

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

Prentice K, Signal T, Taylor N (2012)

What's the buzz?: Bumblebees - a therapeutic preschool for abused children.

Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand; 4(1): 11-21

Priest N, MacKean T, Davis E, Waters E, Briggs L (2012)

Strengths and challenges for Koori kids: harder for Koori kids, Koori kids doing well - exploring Aboriginal perspectives on social determinants of Aboriginal child health and wellbeing.

Health Sociology Review; 21(2): 165-179

Priest N, MacKean T, Davis E, Briggs L, Waters E (2012)

Aboriginal perspectives of child health and wellbeing in an urban setting: developing a conceptual framework.

Health Sociology Review; 21(2): 180-195

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

Robinson G, Mares S, Jones Y, Stock C, Hallenstein B, Branchut V (2012)

Let's start: a program for Territory parents and children.

Darwin: Centre for Child Development and Education, Menzies School of Health Research

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

Stock C, Mares S, Robinson G (2012)

Telling and re-telling stories: the use of narrative and drawing in a group intervention with parents and children in a remote Aboriginal community.

The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy; 33(2): 157-150

The Kirby Institute (2012)

Highlighting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research at The Kirby Institute.

Sydney: The Kirby Institute

The Australian Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander health program was established at the Kirby Institute in 2007, with an aim to close the gap in the health disparity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. The key focus of the Institute's work is sexual health and blood borne viruses, working in collaboration with other key health sectors involved in substance use, offender health, and social and emotional wellbeing research.

This report outlines a number of projects being conducted by the Kirby Institute across Australia. Information for each project includes:

  • description of the project
  • Aboriginal community involvement
  • expected benefits to the community
  • investigators
  • collaborating organisations
  • funding body
  • contacts.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

The Lancet (2012)

Mental health and disadvantage in Indigenous Australians [editorial].

The Lancet; 380(9858): 1968

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

2011

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation (2011)

Our healing: our solutions: volume 2.

Kingston, ACT: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation

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

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: an overview 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This overview is a summary of Indigenous health and welfare at the national level. Topics covered include:

  • demographic characteristics
  • determinants of health and welfare: socioeconomic factors, housing, community capacity, behavioural factors, and social and emotional wellbeing
  • health and functioning: disability, community functioning, and health conditions
  • mortality and life expectancy of mothers and babies, children, young people and older people
  • health care and support services, including health and welfare expenditure.

The report compares Indigenous statistics to the non-Indigenous statistics on the same health and welfare issues and provides time series data where available. It relates the picture of Indigenous health and welfare to the goals set by the Council of Australian Governments and the raft of measures under Closing the gap agreement aimed at reducing the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. For the first time, the report looks at the impact of chronic diseases on the life expectancy gap, currently estimated to be 12 years for men and 10 years for women. It shows that about 80% of the mortality gap can be attributed to chronic diseases, most significantly heart diseases (22%), diabetes (12%) and liver diseases (11%).

The report is accompanied by nine online papers on specific topics, available from the Indigenous observatory: Indigenous life expectancy and mortality, child safety, eye health, disability, access to health services, chronic disease and older people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bainbridge R, McCalman J, Tsey K, Brown C (2011)

Inside-out approaches to promoting Australian Aboriginal wellbeing: evidence from a decade of community-based participatory research.

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society; 1(2): 13-28

Bainbridge R (2011)

Becoming empowered: a grounded theory study of Aboriginal women's agency.

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(Supplement 1): S26-S29

Bath J, Biddle N (2011)

Measures of wellbeing for Indigenous children: lecture 12.

Paper presented at the Measures of Indigenous wellbeing and their determinants across the lifecourse, CAEPR Lecture series. 19 May 2011, Canberra

Biddle N, Swee H (2011)

Sustainability - land, language and culture: lecture 10.

Paper presented at the Measures of Indigenous wellbeing and their determinants across the lifecourse, CAEPR Lecture series. 5 May 2011, Canberra

Biddle N (2011)

Housing and households: lecture 8.

Paper presented at the Measures of Indigenous wellbeing and their determinants across the lifecourse, CAEPR Lecture series. 29 April 2011, Canberra

Biddle N (2011)

Summary and conclusions: lecture 13.

Paper presented at the Measures of Indigenous wellbeing and their determinants across the lifecourse, CAEPR Lecture series. 9 June 2011, Canberra

Brown C (2011)

You get help and you give help: my role as an Aboriginal family wellbeing facilitator.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(1): 24-28

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

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Incorporated (2011)

Rebuilding family life in Alice Springs and Central Australia: the social and community dimensions of change for our people.

Alice Springs, NT: Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Incorporated

Dockery AM (2011)

Traditional culture and the well-being of Indigenous Australians: an analysis of the 2008 NATSISS.

Perth: Centre for Labour Market Research, Curtin University of Technology

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

Heath F, Bor W, Thompson J, Cox L (2011)

Diversity, disruption, continuity: parenting and social and emotional wellbeing amongst Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.

The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy; 32(4): 300-313

Hopkins KD, Taylor CL, D’Antoine H, Zubrick SR (2011)

Predictors of resilient psychosocial functioning in Western Australian Aboriginal young people exposed to high family-level risk.

In: Ungar M, ed. . New York: Springer: 425-440

Indigenous Hip Hop Project (2011)

Indigenous hip hop project report: Dalby and St George: 2009-2010.

Cairns, QLD: Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health

Jamieson LM, Paradies YC, Gunthorpe W, Cairney SJ, Sayers SM (2011)

Oral health and social and emotional well-being in a birth cohort of Aboriginal Australian young adults.

BMC Public Health; 11: 656

Retrieved 19 August 2011 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-11-656.pdf

Kerr S, Atkinson G (2011)

Halls Creek scoping project for a healing plan: final report.

Abbotsford, Vic: Atkinson Kerr and Associates

Kickett M (2011)

Examination of how a culturally-appropriate definition of resilience affects the physical and mental health of Aboriginal people.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Western Australia: Perth

Kilcullen ML (2011)

Explorations of understandings of mental health in an urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sample.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, James Cook University: Townsville, Qld

Kuipers K, McIntosh K, Paluch T, Oke L (2011)

Caring for country was associated with positive health outcomes for Indigenous people living in remote areas of Northern Australia.

Australian Occupational Therapy Journal; 58(1): 56-57

Madden DL (2011)

Gugu badhun women on the move: enhancing wellbeing in an Aboriginal community through the use of ICT.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, James Cook University:

Martyr P (2011)

‘Behaving wildly': diagnoses of lunacy among Indigenous persons in Western Australia, 1870–1914.

Social History of Medicine; 24(2): 316-333

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

Pirkis J, Harris M, Hall W, Ftanou M (2011)

Evaluation of the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule initiative: summative evaluation.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Productivity Commission (2011)

Report on government services 2011.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Robinson T (2011)

Pilot of Deadly Thinking Workshops: evaluation report.

Cairns, QLD: Rural & Remote Mental Health Limited

Shulver WK (2011)

Parenting groups as sources of social capital: their patterns of use and outcomes for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal mothers of young children.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Flinders University: Adelaide

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

Sutton KP, Maybery D, Moore T (2011)

Creating a sustainable and effective mental health workforce for Gippsland, Victoria: solutions and directions for strategic planning.

Rural and Remote Health; 11: 1585

Retrieved 24 January 2011 from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1585.pdf

Toombs M (2011)

What factors do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students say affect their social and emotional wellbeing while at University?.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Southern Queensland:

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

Whiteside M, Tsey K, Cadet-James Y (2011)

A theoretical empowerment framework for transdisciplinary team building.

Australian Social Work; 64(2): 228-232

Whiteside M, Tsey K, Earles W (2011)

Locating empowerment in the context of Indigenous Australia.

Australian Social Work; 64(1): 113-129

Ziersch A, Gallaher G, Baum F, Bentley M (2011)

Racism, social resources and mental health for Aboriginal people living in Adelaide.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 35(3): 231–237

2010

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

The city and the bush: Indigenous wellbeing across remoteness areas: Australian social trends, Sep 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Oct 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

The information included in this report is taken from a variety of sources. This report highlights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait people make up 2.5% of the Australian population and is young compared to the rest of the population. The key findings include:

  • The estimated resident population in 2006 was 517,000 people.
  • The median age for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was 21.0 years compared to 37.0 years for the non-Indigenous population.
  • 68% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reside in rural and remote locations and 32% reside in urban locations.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a lower life expectancy than non-Indigenous Australians. From 2005-2007 the gap was 11.5 years for males and 9.7 years for females.
  • Life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males at birth is estimated to be 67.2 years and for females is 72.9 years.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language and culture is strong.
  • Socio-economic outcomes continute to improve; 22% completed year twelve in 2008.
  • More people completed non-school qualifications; 40% of people aged 25-64 years in 2008, compared to 32% in 2002.
  • The unemployment rate fell from 23% in 2002 to 17% in 2008, but remains five times higher than the rate for non-Indigenous unemployment which was 5% in 2008.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Government (2010)

National standards for mental health services 2010.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (2010)

Defining Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Canberra: Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association

Bolt R (2010)

Urban Aboriginal identity construction in Australia: an Aboriginal perspective utilising multi-method qualitative analysis.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, The University of Sydney: Sydney

Caruana C (2010)

Healing services for Indigenous people.

Family Relationships Quarterly; (17): 3-9

Clark KD, Oosthuizen J, Beerenfels S, Rowell AC (2010)

Making the best of the early years: the Tambellup way.

Rural and Remote Health; 10: 1407

Retrieved 28 July 2010 from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1407.pdf

Coffin J (2010)

Conceptualising bullying in an Aboriginal context as reported by the Yamaji community, to inform the development of a bullying prevention program that is culturally sensitive to the needs of Aboriginal students.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Edith Cowan University: Perth

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

Dillon A (2010)

Self-esteem (liking ourselves).

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(3): 23-24

Dockery AM (2010)

The subjective wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

Perth, WA: Centre for Labour Market Research, Curtin Business School

This paper utilises data on self-assessed quality of life available from the expanded Indigenous sample of the 2001 National health survey to compare the subjective wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Assuming cross-cultural comparability of responses to the quality of life scale, Indigenous Australians are found to face a markedly lower quality of life than other Australians, consistent with the many objective measures of socio-economic outcomes. Differences in the determinants of subjective wellbeing are further explored to identify differences in values and preferences that may be embodied in Indigenous culture. The analysis is considered exploratory given the many limitations of the current data. The collection of data that can improve our understanding of the cultural constructions of wellbeing is identified as an important priority given the pertinence of such evidence for the formulation of policy to address the ongoing plight of Indigenous Australians.

Author 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

Gorman D (2010)

Maslow's hierarchy and social and emotional wellbeing.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(1): 27-29

Hamilton M, Redmond G, Muir K (2010)

Conceptualisation of social and emotional wellbeing for children and young people, and policy implications.

Canberra: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

Harrison J (2010)

Healing our communities, healing ourselves: Ross Ingram Memorial Essay Competition winning essay.

Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 556-557

Haswell MR, Kavanagh D, Tsey K, Reilly L, Cadet-James Y, Laliberte A, Wilson A, Doran C (2010)

Psychometric validation of the Growth and Empowerment Measure (GEM) applied with Indigenous Australians.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; 44(9): 791-799

Holyoake (2010)

Report into the implementation of the social development program drumbeat: discovering relationships using Music, beliefs, emotions, attitudes & thoughts with prisoners from the Alice Springs facility.

Alice Springs, NT: Holyoake

Holyoake Institute for Drug & Alcohol Addiction Resolutions, Midlands Education Aboriginal Office (2010)

An evaluation of the music therapy intervention ‘DRUMBEAT' with alienated youth in the wheatbelt of Western Australia.

Newcastle, NSW: Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle

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

Larkins S (2010)

Strengthening culture, strengthening identity: Keys to healing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people and securing their social and emotional wellbeing.

Family Relationships Quarterly; (17): 10-13

Lawrence M, Montgomery B, Monson-Wilbraham L (2010)

Healthy Family Circle Program : A partnership between Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Corporation and Relationships Australia (NSW).

Family Relationships Quarterly; (17): 17-18

Lawrence M (2010)

Program spotlight : Yorgum Aboriginal Family Counselling Service.

Family Relationships Quarterly; (17): 19-21

Lee L, Griffiths C, Glossop P, Eapen V (2010)

The Boomerangs Parenting Program for Aboriginal parents and their young children.

Australasian Psychiatry; 18(6): 527-533

Littlefield L (2010)

Australia's First People - their social and emotional well-being.

UN Chronicle: Achieving Global Health; 47(2): 1-3

McCalman J, Tsey K, Wenitong M, Wilson A, McEwan A, James YC, Whiteside M (2010)

Indigenous men's support groups and social and emotional wellbeing: a meta-synthesis of the evidence.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 16(2): 159-166

McEwan A, Bowers J, Saal T (2010)

A human rights based approach to mental health promotion in the context of climate change in rural and remote Australia.

Brisbane: Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

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

Montgomery S (2010)

Aboriginal mental health workers in the CMO sector – an emerging job role, organisational responses and directions for the future.

Paper presented at the Aboriginal Mental Health Workers Forum 2010. 13-14 October 2010, Orange Function Centre, NSW

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

Phipps P, Slater L (2010)

Indigenous cultural festivals: evaluating impact on community health and wellbeing.

Melbourne: Globalism Research Centre, RMIT University

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

Rabaa C (2010)

Towards improving the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous children: mental health education in a far north Queensland school.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(2): 21-24

Reilly T (2010)

Program spotlight: Relationship Australia's Indigenous Network.

Family Relationships Quarterly; (15): 23-26

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 A, Cairney S, Gunthorpe W, Paradies Y, Sayers S (2010)

Strong Souls: development and validation of a culturally appropriate tool for assessment of social and emotional well-being in Indigenous youth.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; 44(1): 40-48

This article reports on a study undertaken by Menzies School of Health Research that aimed to develop and validate a culturally appropriate tool for assessing social and emotional wellbeing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. The article includes information on the methods involved and the results of the study, and concludes that the instrument is a culturally appropriate and effective tool for assessing social and emotional wellbeing.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Tsey K, Whiteside M, Haswell-Elkins M, Bainbridge R, Cadet-James Y, Wilson A (2010)

Empowerment and Indigenous Australian health: a synthesis of findings from Family Wellbeing formative research.

Health and Social Care in the Community; 18(2): 169-179

Vadiveloo J (2010)

Social inclusion and town camps : an integrated service approach to social inclusion.

Alice Springs: Tangentyere Council

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 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 HL (2009)

Social capital and mental health among Aboriginal Australians, new Australians and other Australians living in a coastal region.

Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health; 8(2):

Berry HL (2009)

Social capital and mental health among Indigenous Australians, New Australians and Other Australians living in a coastal region.

Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health; 8(2): 142-154

Calma T (2009)

A human rights based approach to social and emotional wellbeing.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S15 - S19

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

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

Dudgeon P (2009)

Close the Gap: psychology.

Medical Journal of Australia; 190(10): 546

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

Grieves V (2009)

Aboriginal spirituality: Aboriginal philosophy, the basis of Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing.

Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

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

Haswell-Elkins M, Reilly L, Fagan R, Ypinazar V, Hunter E, Tsey K, Gibson V, Connolly B, Laliberte A, Wargent R, Gibson T, Saunders V, McCalman J, Kavanagh D (2009)

Listening, sharing understanding and facilitating consumer, family and community empowerment through a priority driven partnership in Far North Queensland.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S54 - S58

Hunter E (2009)

Creating futures supplement editorial.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(s1): S6-S9

Jones C, Brideson T (2009)

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

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S72 - S74

Mackean T (2009)

A healed and healthy country: understanding healing for Indigenous Australians (editorial).

Medical Journal of Australia; 190(10): 522-523

Mayo K, Tsey K (2009)

Reflections on a community and university research collaboration.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(s1): S68-S71

McCoy B (2009)

'Living between two worlds': who is living in whose worlds?.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(s1): S20-S23

McEwan A, Tsey K (2009)

The role of spirituality in social and emotional wellbeing initiatives: the family wellbeing program at Yarrabah.

Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

McLennan V (2009)

The role of family and community resilience in Indigenous wellbeing.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Sydney: Sydney

Mental Health and Drugs Division (2009)

Victorian mental health reform strategy 2009-2019.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Human Services

Murray N, Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit (2009)

Sharing our stories and building on our strengths: Indigenous presenters talk up their community health projects.

Melbourne: Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, The University of Melbourne

This report is an evaluation of the Onemda pre-conference training program for a group of Indigenous speakers at the From Margins to Mainstream: 5th World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioral Disorders, 10-12 September 2008 in Melbourne.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Population Health Queensland (2009)

Strategic directions for mental health promotion 2009–2012.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

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

Robinson G, Zubrick SR, Silburn S, Tyler W, Jones Y, D’Aprano A, McGuinness K, Cubillo C, Bell M, Stock C (2009)

Let's Start: Exploring Together: an early intervention program for Northern Territory children and families: final evaluation report.

Darwin: School for Social and Policy Research, Institute of Advanced Studies, Charles Darwin University

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

Tsey K, Harvey D, Gibson T, Pearson L (2009)

The role of empowerment in setting a foundation for social and emotional wellbeing.

Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health; 8(1): 6-15

Watson C, Harrison N (2009)

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

Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

2008

Australian Network for Promotion Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health (Auseinet) (2008)

Mental health promotion and illness prevention: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Retrieved from http://www.auseinet.com/files/ppei/atsippei.pdf

Australian Network for Promotion Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health (Auseinet) (2008)

Mental health promotion and illness prevention: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people [summary].

Auseinetter; (30): 22-25

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2008)

Lessons learnt about strengthening Indigenous families and communities: Stronger Families and Communities Strategy 2000–2004.

Canberra: Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

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

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

Stolen Generations Victoria (2008)

Unfinished business: final report of the ‘Unfinished Business: Reparations, Restitution and Rehabilitation' forums, held between May and September of 2008 in Aboriginal communities throughout Victoria.

Melbourne: Stolen Generations Victoria

This is the final report of the reparations, restitution and rehabilitation forums, held between May and September 2008 in Aboriginal communities throughout Victoria. Through consultation with community members, Stolen Generations Victoria made a number of recommendations which affect not only first generation Stolen Generation members but all Aboriginal families and communities. Unfinished business provides government and other relevant agencies with an understanding of community members' needs.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Walker R, Shephard C (2008)

Strengthening Aboriginal family functioning: what works and why?.

Australian Family Relationships Clearinghouse Briefing; 7: 1-11

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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