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Indigenous focus for new mental health unit in Adelaide

15 April 2014

A new mental health facility with a special focus on Indigenous people and those from remote areas has opened in Adelaide, South Australia (SA).
 

Be deadly online: Indigenous Australians urged to be cybersmart

8 April 2014

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has launched Australia's first comprehensive package of cybersafety resources for young Indigenous Australians: Be deadly online.
 

Healing camp brings together Indigenous women in Western Australia

31 March 2014

Representatives from Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation in Western Australia (WA) recently accompanied a group of past residents of the St Joseph's Girls Orphanage back to New Norcia WA on a healing camp.
 

Young Indigenous Australians help to develop new headspace campaign

18 March 2014

Eleven young Indigenous people from across Australia recently gathered to develop a new campaign for headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation.
 

National empowerment project promotes the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australians

7 March 2014

An Australia-wide project led by the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia (UWA) is aiming to address social and emotional well being issues and high suicide rates experienced among Indigenous communities around Australia.
 

Minister welcomes rising number of Aboriginal mental health workers

6 March 2014

New South Wales Minister Kevin Humphries has told delegates at the 2014 Aboriginal mental health workforce forum that the government approach to the sector has transformed in recent years, and is starting to deliver results.
 

New wellbeing centre in Cairns helps to close the gap on Indigenous health care access

24 February 2014

The Red Cross has opened a new wellbeing centre in Cairns which provides a home away from home for people from remote parts of Queensland who are receiving medical treatment in Cairns.
 

Chance to develop young Indigenous leaders

13 February 2014

An Indigenous youth academy is calling on young Indigenous leaders, aged 15 to 18, to join an initiative that helps to develop national campaigns for social change.
 

Boost for Indigenous Australian mental illness diagnosis research

20 January 2014

University of Queensland (UQ) researcher, Dr Maree Toombs, has been awarded $948,000 from the National Health and Medical Research Council to improve the diagnosis of mental illness in Indigenous Australians.
 

Pat Dudgeon wins IAHA lifetime achievement award

16 December 2013

Congratulations to Professor Pat Dudgeon, winner of the Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) Lifetime Achievement Award, which celebrates the achievements of an IAHA member who has demonstrated long standing commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people.
 

Using technology to save the lives of young Indigenous people

9 December 2013

The Black Dog Institute, in partnership with Western Australian (WA) based suicide prevention program Alive and kicking goals, has launched a trial of the world's first suicide prevention app designed for young Indigenous Australians for use on mobile telephone and tablet devices.
 

National Mental Health Commission releases second national report on mental health and suicide prevention

27 November 2013

The National Mental Health Commission has released its second annual report on mental health and suicide prevention in Australia: A contributing life: the 2013 national report card on mental health and suicide prevention.
 

Call for national mental health leaders

14 November 2013

The National Mental Health Commission is seeking nominations of Australians with a lived experience of mental health issues, either as a person living with mental illness, or as a primary family member or other significant support person, to work with and contribute to the work of the Commission.
 

Release of the Here and now Aboriginal assessment tool

4 November 2013

The Community, Culture and Mental Health Unit of the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Western Australia has recently released the Here and now Aboriginal assessment (HANAA) - a culturally appropriate screening instrument for the assessment of social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) and mental health problems in Aboriginal people.
 

Indigenous young people lead new headspace campaign

28 October 2013

A group of young Indigenous Australians from across the country have been chosen to assist in the development of a new community awareness campaign for headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation.
 

New report highlights how young Indigenous Australians can overcome adversity

17 October 2013

The Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit at the University of New South Wales has released a new landmark report titled The social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous youth: reviewing and extending the evidence and examining its implications for policy and practice, that highlights how young Indigenous Australians can overcome adversity.
 

New app to improve Indigenous mental health featured on World mental health day

10 October 2013

A Menzies School of Health Research iPad app aimed at improving Indigenous mental health has featured on World mental health day, 10 October 2013.
 

Youth mental health program to be developed in Mt Isa

30 September 2013

The city of Mount Isa in Queensland will be used as a testing site for a national program by the Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health addressing mental health issues in young Australians, with a particular focus on Indigenous youths.
 

Professor Pat Dudgeon honoured with a Deadly Award for Health

17 September 2013

Professor Pat Dudgeon has been honoured with the Deadly Award for Health at the 19th annual Deadly Awards.
 

National Mental Health Commission - Contributing life pilot online survey: now live

5 September 2013

The National Mental Health Commission is encouraging people with a lived experience of mental health issues, and their families and support people, to complete an online pilot survey as a part of the National contributing life project.
 

NACCHO Blueprint 2013-2030 news – AMA supports important initiatives to improve the health of Aboriginal males

19 August 2013

AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said today that the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Blueprint - Male healthy futures for generational change - contains important initiatives to improve the health of Aboriginal men.
 

Supporting people with mental illness in Halls Creek

2 August 2013

People with severe mental illness in Halls Creek, Western Australia, will have greater access to support services and other practical assistance due to more than $1.5 million funding for Yura Yungi Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation.
 

Aboriginal mental health tool looks into the here and now

19 July 2013

A new, free, culturally appropriate screening tool has been developed to determine whether an Indigenous person's social and emotional wellbeing warrants referral and further evaluation.
 

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.
 

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Western-Australian-health-workers-survey This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.
 

New high-level group advise on tackling Indigenous suicide

18 June 2013

A new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group will advise the Federal government on practical and strategic ways to improve mental health and suicide prevention programs.
 

Short film highlights healing for depression in urban Aboriginal communities

7 June 2013

This week the Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney (AMSWS) released a short film to highlight the importance of family, community and services in helping people with depression to regain social and emotional wellbeing.
 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy released

28 May 2013

This national strategy seeks to address the high rate of suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities - reported to be twice that of non-Indigenous Australians.
 

Summit called over suicides

2 May 2013

A Perth Aboriginal corporation has organised a 'crisis summit' for next month in response to what it says is an alarming sudden rise in Indigenous suicides during the past four months.
 

AMA - Good mental health and wellbeing essential to close Indigenous health gap

9 April 2013

Australian Medical Association (AMA) 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.
 

Social and emotional wellbeing of Australian Indigenous peoples

27 March 2013

The National Mental Health Commission has released a supplementary paper to the 2012 report, A contributing life: the 2012 national report card on mental health and suicide prevention.
 

Renewing the national strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' mental health and social emotional wellbeing

6 March 2013

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).
 

Indigenous ownership and support adds to effectiveness of social and emotional wellbeing programs

26 February 2013

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 are culturally competent and have Indigenous ownership and community support.
 

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.
 

Indigenous recognition bill passed unanimously

13 February 2013

The House of Representatives has passed legislation recognising Indigenous Australian peoples as the first inhabitants of Australia.
 

Alcohol a key factor in suicide within Northern Territory

30 January 2013

A new study has identified alcohol use as strongly associated with suicide in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.
 

New mental health service for Aboriginal people in Perth metropolitan area

16 January 2013

The metropolitan-based Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service (SAMHS) has a new home after a $380,000 refurbishment of De Grey House at Graylands Hospital.
 

ECU's Happy kids project shown to be a success

3 December 2012

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.
 

Launch of first national report card into mental health and suicide prevention

27 November 2012

The first national report card into mental health and suicide prevention has been launched by Professor Allan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission.
 

WA Health Awards 2012 winners announced

20 November 2012

The winners of the Western Australian (WA) Health Awards 2012 were announced on 15 November 2012.
 

Menzies to investigate Indigenous suicide in new study

9 November 2012

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.
 

Progress of the nation's first Indigenous suicide prevention strategy

18 October 2012

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 accepts Lifetime Achievement Award for Healing the Stolen Generations

4 October 2012

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.
 

Inquiry into the contribution of sport to Indigenous wellbeing and mentoring

25 September 2012

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.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.
 

Culturally appropriate screening tool for Aboriginal Australians

6 September 2012

A screening tool assessing Indigenous mental health is being validated and will be ready for distribution across the country this year.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).
 

Help seeking for suicide in an Aboriginal community: the Njernda CRUNCH study

24 August 2012

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.
 

Empowering Aboriginal communities the key to suicide prevention

15 August 2012

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.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.
 

Menzies research will shine light on Indigenous adolescent wellbeing

28 July 2012

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.
 

Indigenous women urged to tell their stolen stories

23 July 2012

Indigenous women from the New England North West, who were removed to the Aboriginal girls training home at Cootamundra, are being urged to share their stories.
 

$48 million for Australian Indigenous arts, culture and languages

17 July 2012

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.
 

Prevalence of mental illness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland prisons article published

2 July 2012

An article on the prevalence of mental disorder among Indigenous people in Queensland prisons was published today (2 July) in the Medical journal of Australia (MJA).
 

Indigenous mental health graduates now have a national voice

26 June 2012

Indigenous graduates from the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) across the country will now have a national voice thanks to the Indigenous Allied Health Australia Inc (IAHA).
 

Development of the nation's first Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy

4 June 2012

The Menzies School of Health Research has been appointed to help the Gillard Government develop the nation's first Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy.
 

Aboriginal psychology student receives scholarship to study at Oxford University

1 June 2012

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.
 

Online suicide prevention training for health professionals

21 May 2012

An updated online training package for suicide prevention professionals has been launched by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler.
 

Budget allocation for suicide prevention strategies in the Kimberley

11 May 2012

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). The Federal Government will spend $6 million on suicide prevention strategies in the Kimberley region over four years, starting with the initial Budget allocation.
 

Feedback sought for National report card on mental health and suicide prevention

2 May 2012

A National report card on mental health and suicide prevention is currently being developed by the National Mental Health Commission.
 

Indigenous psychiatrist returns from studying intergenerational trauma overseas

20 April 2012

The nation's first Aboriginal psychiatrist, Professor Helen Milroy, has recently returned from a study tour of Israel looking at programs designed to tackle intergenerational trauma and disadvantage.
 

Recommendations made by new NT youth suicide report

5 April 2012

The Select Committee on Youth Suicides in the NT has tabled its report Gone too soon: a report into youth suicide in the Northern Territory.
 

Expanded Aboriginal mental health workforce for New South Wales

22 March 2012

The New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Mental Health, Kevin Humphries, today launched a major initiative to encourage recruitment of Aboriginal health workers to the mental health sector.
 

Rural teachers will benefit from social and emotional wellbeing training

21 March 2012

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.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

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.
 

Students graduate for a healing future

7 March 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.
 

WA's pioneer Indigenous mental health workers

24 February 2012

Twenty Western Australian Indigenous people have enrolled in tertiary mental health courses following the success of two trail-blazing Indigenous mental health workers in the Pilbara.
 

New Indigenous mental health web resource launched

22 February 2012

A new web resource for Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) workers is now available on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website.
 

New projects build understanding of Stolen generations history

20 February 2012

Last week marked the fourth anniversary of the Australian Government's national apology to Indigenous Australians.
 

Indigenous mental distress alarmingly high

10 February 2012

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.
 

Indigenous teens happy despite obstacles, landmark study shows

27 January 2012

The first study to investigate the happiness of Indigenous Australian teenagers has revealed a story of resilience in the face of adversity.
 

New recovery centre for Broome mental health

17 January 2012

A group of 14 dedicated non-government and Government community groups have created Broome's first place where people with mental illness and their families can be supported on their recovery journey.
 

Record number of Djirruwang Indigenous mental health graduates

12 January 2012

The new head of a unique program at Charles Sturt University (CSU) to increase the size of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workforce has ticked more than a few boxes in 2011.
 

Recognition for Stolen Generations advocate

13 December 2011

A key advocate for members of the Stolen Generations has been acknowledged for her tireless work for social justice.
 

Rumbalara honoured in Victorian public healthcare awards

18 November 2011

The leadership and innovation shown by an Indigenous mental health service in the Shepparton area was recognised at the 2011 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards on Wednesday.
 

Indigenous social worker from WA acknowledged for remarkable contributions

10 November 2011

Associate Professor Dawn Bessarab from the Aboriginal Health and Education Unit, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, has won a 2011 Social Worker of the Year award.
 

WA funded for Indigenous mental health and parenting research

4 November 2011

Researchers from Perth's Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing have won more than $1.3 million in competitive funding for Indigenous mental health and parenting projects.
 

New headspace locations announced

2 November 2011

Fifteen new sites and two new outpost sites for the successful headspace youth mental health program have recently been announced.
 

Children of the Dreaming recognised for closing the gap in health

1 November 2011

An organisation based in Ipswich, Queensland, has received an award for their outstanding commitment to closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
 

Australian Capital Territory gets $1.2 million funding to improve health outcomes

26 October 2011

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.
 

Australia's first Indigenous psychiatrist wins top international awards

25 October 2011

Winthrop Professor and Director of the Centre for Aboriginal and Dental Health and the University of Western Australia (UWA), Helen Milroy, has won two international awards.
 

$39.8 million in health and medical research to help close the gap

19 October 2011

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.
 

New men's shed in Cape York

7 October 2011

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.
 

Health workers honoured at the Deadly Awards

28 September 2011

The 17th Deadly Awards were held at the Sydney Opera House on the 27 September 2011, recognising outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievements in sport, the arts, music and health.
 

Funds to cut high suicide rates 'tied up'

7 September 2011

Extra Federal Government money to address the growing suicide toll in the Kimberley has been tied up in red tape instead of improving mental health services on the ground, the opposition claims.
 

Australia's first e-mental health strategy

7 September 2011

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.
 

Global award for Aboriginal traditional healers

30 August 2011

Two traditional Aboriginal healers, Ginger Toby and Rupert Peters, from a remote desert area in central Australia have received international psychotherapy awards in Sydney this week.
 

Silent crisis of youth suicide sparks inquiry

23 August 2011

The Northern Territory has the highest youth suicide rate in Australia, leading to the launch of a parliamentary inquiry which will include three representatives of government.
 

Menzies School of Health Research's program on youth

27 June 2011

Dr Kate Senior from the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin is visiting Alice Springs, working on a program with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress.
 

Budget 2011-12: information relevant to mental health and related health services

12 May 2011

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.
 

Commonwealth response to The hidden toll: suicide in Australia report

30 November 2010

The Australian Government has released its response to the Senate inquiry into suicide in Australia - The hidden toll: suicide in Australia which was released in June this year.
 

New report released: The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

28 May 2010

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.
 

Dementia web resource now available

3 November 2009

A new web resource containing information for people working, studying or interested in dementia among Indigenous Australians is now available.
 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey 2008 released

30 October 2009

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released initial information from the 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS).
 

Healing Foundation Development Team releases report

25 September 2009

The Healing Foundation Development Team has released the report Voices from the campfires: Establishing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation.
 

Social and emotional wellbeing (including mental health) background information available now

25 August 2009

The web resource for Social and emotional wellbeing now includes background information relating to mental health.
 

Indigenous HealthBibliography re-launched with additional search features

16 July 2009

On Monday 13 July we launched the new look searchable bibliography of Indigenous health literature, http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/bibliography.
 

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation consultations begin

29 May 2009

The Healing Foundation Development Team has begun conducting community workshops across Australia to listen to ideas for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation.
 

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet launches new-look website

10 March 2009

The 10th March 2009 saw the upgrade of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website go live.
 

Review of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australian peoples now available

6 February 2009

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.
 
 
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