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National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ mental health and social and emotional wellbeing 2017-2023

Posted on: 20 November, 2017
Issue: Vol 17 No 4, October 2017 – December 2017
Related to Healing Social and emotional wellbeing Policies

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2017)
National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ mental health and social and emotional wellbeing 2017-2023
Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

This framework provides a dedicated focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing and mental health. It sets out a comprehensive and culturally appropriate stepped care model that is equally applicable to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specialist and mainstream health services.

The framework will help guide and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health policy and practice over the next five years and be an important resource for many areas.

The framework highlights the importance of culture as being central to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. By ensuring cultural considerations are embedded in practice, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will have much better access to culturally safe, responsive, person-centred services provided by a culturally competent and confident workforce.

This Framework has been designed to complement the Fifth national mental health and suicide prevention plan and contribute to the vision of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan 2012-2023. It therefore forms an essential component of the national response to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Abstract adapted from Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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