The development of this web resource recognises the urgent need to improve approaches to the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous peoples. It is one component of the efforts required to improve the information and knowledge base necessary for the formulation of committed, long-term strategies and policies addressing the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous peoples.
In aiming to provide access to good quality information and resources for people involved in promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous peoples, this web resource will include: reviews; guidelines; resources; programs, projects and lessons; policies and strategies; publications; and links. It also includes information about research activity, funding opportunities, organisations, agencies and individuals working in the field, news and events and training programs. Information is also included about the projects administered by the Social Health Section of the Australian Department of Health and Ageing's Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.
The resource provides the capacity for people involved in the area to actively share their information and experiences. It does this through support of a yarning place (an electronic network) that encourages electronic yarning and networking among people working across Australia to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous peoples.
Development of this web resource and the associated yarning place has been made possible with funds provided to the HealthInfoNet by the Social Health Section of the Australian Department of Health and Ageing's Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.
Development of this web resource and the associated yarning place is guided by a national reference group. The Social and Emotional Wellbeing Reference Group, comprising Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working as practitioners, policy-makers and/or researchers in the area of social and emotional wellbeing among Indigenous peoples, provides advice on:
The Reference Group meetings also involve the Directors of the Social Health Section and the HealthInfoNet and the HealthInfoNet's research/project officers working on the development of the web resource and yarning place.