Authors: Tricia Nagel, Carolyn Thompson, John Cusack, NT
Event: 2007 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Treatment Tools, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ISSUES, best practice mental health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples , northern territory, top end
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The need for the development of best practice mental health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is described in many recent national reports and strategic frameworks in Australia. Outcomes suggest that there is much to learn about how to render services effective. One key challenge is to integrate Indigenous perspectives of health and illness into the clinical context. The Australian Mental Health Initiative has approached this challenge in the Top End of the Northern Territory by developing a three-phase project over five years. The first phase was a story telling project which sought to learn indigenous perspectives of mental illness through consultation, participant observation and talking with key informants in remote communities. The second phase was a clinical trial of a culturally adapted brief intervention in those communities. The third phase is a service provider training trial that has been sharing the findings of the project. This paper provides a brief overview of these three phases.