Authors: Chris Scanlan, WA
Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Mabu Liyan Project was a partnership venture between health and education services undertaken in Broome Western Australia. The aim of the project was to foster cultural safety and destigmatise mental health services. The project had a strong focus on consumer engagement and was completed in the second half of 2016. This innovative venture culminated in the design and installation of a collaborative mural artwork on the facia of the Broome Mental Health Services building. A core group of twelve aboriginal consumers were involved in the project. Project participants have reported improved self-esteem and a heightened sense of pride and achievement. Partner organisations have expressed satisfaction with project outcomes. Positive feedback has been received from service users and the broader community. There is general consensus that the mabu liyan mural has improved the appearance and ambiance of the building and that a welcoming message of cultural safety is being portrayed to aboriginal consumers. The challenge now for mental health services in the Kimberley is to continue to foster and promote cultural safety and build upon this established foundation.