Aboriginal Mental Health services

We support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to choose and adopt culturally appropriate health services. Providing culturally specific mental health services is vital to improving health outcomes for these members of our community.

Peer Navigation

This Program is targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are experiencing, or are at risk of developing mild to moderate symptoms of mental illness and would benefit from assistance to access early interventions such as low-intensity treatments and appropriate social supports.

The Indigenous Mental Health Services Peer Navigator program is to be delivered by peer workers who have a lived experience of mental illness, or experience as a carer of someone with a mental illness. The peer workers require appropriate skills and cultural competency. The peer workers require involvement with a suitably skilled, qualified and culturally competent health worker (e.g. mental health worker, Aboriginal Health Worker, Practice Nurse). It is envisaged that peer workers would co-locate with primary health services such as an Aboriginal Medical Service or a General Practice.

Care Coordination

This Program is targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are experiencing severe and complex mental illnesses, who are being managed in the primary care setting and who would benefit from assistance with self-management through support from a Mental Health Care Coordinator.
The Indigenous Mental Health Services Care Coordination program is to be delivered by qualified health workers (e.g. mental health professionals, Aboriginal Health Workers, allied health workers) with the appropriate skills and cultural competency.


Counselling

This Program is targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are experiencing mild to moderate mental illnesses, who are being managed in the primary care setting and who would benefit from counselling with a mental health professional.

The Indigenous Mental Health Services Counselling program is to be delivered by qualified mental health professionals (including: psychiatrists; registered psychologists; clinical psychologists; mental health nurses; occupational therapists; social workers; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers) with the appropriate skills and cultural competency.

Group Program

This Program is targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are experiencing, or are at risk of developing mild to moderate symptoms of mental illness and would benefit from a group-based early intervention program.

The Indigenous Mental Health Services Group Program is to be delivered by qualified Aboriginal mentors supported by health workers (e.g. mental health professionals, Aboriginal Health Workers, allied health workers) with the appropriate skills and cultural competency.
It is anticipated that the group-based activities will positively impact the social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities. 

For more details of where these services are provided across our region and how to access them contact our Aboriginal Mental Health Services Coordinator Brad Webb on bwebb@hneccphn.com.au

 

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