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Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice

Posted on: 18 August, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 3, July 2010 - September 2010
Related to Cultural ways Social and emotional wellbeing

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

Please note: The second edition of the Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice is now available at http://healthbulletin.org.au/articles/working-together-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-mental-health-and-wellbeing-principles-and-practic/?preview=true&preview_id=7862&preview_nonce=8ee80ad0c2

This book provides culturally appropriate information on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It has been developed to educate and assist health professionals who provide services to Indigenous peoples experiencing social and emotional wellbeing issues. Indigenous mental health experts lead the development of each chapter and a range of experts from the mental health field have contributed to the content of the book. The content areas covered in the book include: history and contexts; issues of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing; mental health practice; and working with specific groups: models, programs and services.

The book also contains Indigenous artwork, each of which reflect aspects of Indigenous health and wellbeing. The artwork on the front cover was provided by Nellie Green and the painting depicts the spirits and how one must trust the spirits to provide direction and support during times of great adversity. The book was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and was developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research, the Kulunga Research Network, and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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