Australian Medical Association (AMA)&nbsp;President Dr Steve Hambleton has stated that factors that contribute to poor mental health and social and emotional wellbeing among Indigenous Australian peoples should be given greater priority in the nation's health policy agenda.
The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) is leading the renewal of the National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' mental health and social emotional wellbeing (2004-2009).
According to two newly released papers on the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse website, the most effective programs to promote social and emotional wellbeing in Indigenous people are those that&nbsp;are culturally competent and have Indigenous ownership and community support.
A new project by researchers at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Western Australian (WA), has shown that 'at-risk' children are more likely to successfully transition to secondary school if they take part in support programs during upper primary school.
The Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) has been awarded more than $290,000 by beyondblue to investigate the key drivers of suicide attempts and opportunities for prevention among Indigenous Australians.
Researchers from the Menzies Centre for Child Development and Education (CCDE) criss-crossed the country during August and September conducting public consultations in 16 capital cities and regional centres.
Aunty Lorraine Darcy Peeters, Marumali Healing founder and member of the Stolen generations, accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award for Healing the Stolen Generations at the 18th Deadlys on 25 September 2012 at the Sydney Opera House.
On the 20th of September 2012 the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, The Hon Jenny Macklin MP, and the Minister for Sport, Senator The Hon Kate Lundy, asked the House Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs to inquire into and report on the contribution of sport to Indigenous wellbeing and mentoring.
Njernda Aboriginal Corporation in Echuca is in the process of developing an early intervention response to suicide among Aboriginal youth due to the higher rate of youth suicide among Aboriginal communities when compared with the non-Aboriginal population.
A comprehensive research report into the high rates of suicide in the Kimberley has called for a major change in the way prevention programs are designed and delivered that will both empower and heal Aboriginal communities.
Dr Kate Senior from the HealthInfoNet's partner organisation, Menzies School of Health Research, has been awarded a significant fellowship to examine the health and wellbeing of Indigenous adolescents.
Arts Minister Simon Crean today announced $48 million for projects that support Indigenous arts, culture and languages, including a $21 million investment in jobs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Paul Gray, a member of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA), is one of two inaugural recipients of the Charlie Perkins Scholarship, which funds postgraduate study at Oxford University for those of Aboriginal descent.
An allocation of $1.5 million from the Federal Budget has been made towards the development of community-based suicide prevention strategies in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA).&nbsp;The Federal Government will spend $6 million on suicide prevention strategies in the Kimberley region over four years, starting with the initial Budget allocation.
A unique program that equips teachers to better understand and help young people with mental health issues will be rolled out to secondary schools across Australia, thanks to a new partnership between the Black Dog Institute and nib foundation.
To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) recently graduated with professional qualifications that will see them provide culturally relevant counselling and therapeutic services to their communities.
Research published in the most recent issue of the Medical journal of Australia (6 February 2012) has pointed to the fact that rates of anxiety, depression and psychosis among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples may be much higher than previously recognised.
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced on 23 October 2011, funding of $1.2 million through the ACT health promotions grant program to promote good health and prevent chronic disease.
The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, and the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, today announced 53 National Health and Medical Research Council grants focusing on Indigenous health.
A new men's shed in New Mapoon in Cape York was officially opened on 6 October 2011 by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin and State Member for Cook, Jason O'Brien.
Australians living with mental illness are a step closer to being able to access online care and support following the establishment of a new e-mental health expert committee which will advise on the rollout of the nation's first mental health online portal and virtual clinic.
The Government has announced it will be committing a $2.2 billion package over five years towards funding mental health initiatives in the new 2011-12 budget, including investments in hospitals and health services.
The latest results from national statistical collections on the health and wellbeing of Australia's Indigenous population have been revealed today with the release of The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2010.
The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has developed an Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) web resource - a 'one-stop info-shop' for people working, studying or interested in addressing issues that influence the social and emotional wellbeing (including mental health) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.