Authors: Lyn Jones, Shirley Young, Lesley Saunders, Catherine McLaren, Harley Hall, Marshall Watson, Debbie Jackson, Noel Jackson
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Chair: Liz Prowse (Throughout this excerpt the word Aboriginal is inclusive of the Torres Strait Islander Peoples) CAMHS in South Australia has a vision to provide leadership, respect and competence in improving the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Children, young people, infants and their families. We seek to ensure that Aboriginal clients/patients and their families have access to appropriate mental health services and resources that maximises and promotes their social and emotional wellbeing. We also acknowledge the historical and social factors that contribute to the barriers for access and continued poor health outcomes. We would like to share and highlight the value of culturally valid understandings shaping the provision of a culturally responsive service, whilst incorporating Aboriginal cultural health issues into daily clinical practice. Health for Aboriginal people according to the ‘Ways Forward Report’, “It does not mean the physical well-being of the individual but refers to the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of the whole community. This is a whole of life view and includes cyclical concept of life-death-life. Health care services should strive to achieve the state where every individual can achieve their full potential as human beings and thus bring about the total wellbeing of their communities.” CAMHS will continue to strive and work in partnership with our clients, families and key stakeholders to provide a comprehensive culturally responsive coordinated continuum of care that is flexible and responsive to this priority population that are at high risk of developing mental health problems. ‘Making better choices creates better health’; CAMHS Aboriginal Mental Health Services will deliver in a manner that acknowledges the need for organisational, structural and clinical cultural competences regarding the needs and expectations of minority groups in the community, in particular the Aboriginal Communities. The key speaker is Lyn Jones, Principal Aboriginal Mental Health Lead, CAMHS, Women’s and Children’s Health Network, South Australia. She will be supported by fellow CAMHS Aboriginal mental health and wellbeing workers in the presentation.