“Looking Forward” Aboriginal Mental Health Project

This project is a partnership between Aboriginal families[1], government and non-government mental health service providers, primary health-care providers (GP's) Aboriginal Medical Service, and the Telethon Institute.

The goal of this project is to increase the effectiveness of the public mental health services for Aboriginal families whose lives are affected by serious mental illness living in the south-east metropolitan corridor.  The project will engage service users, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal service providers, policy makers and managers.

The project aims to develop in consultation with service users (Aboriginal families) and service providers a culturally safe mental health framework that will assist in the delivery of mental health services to Aboriginal families living in the south-east metropolitan region.

The methodology for the project includes conducting a series of community forums across the region.  The forums commenced in March 2011 and will extend for a period of 18 months, finishing in July 2012.  A report will be published and released at the end of 2012. The project is expected to be completed at the end of 2013.

Funders of the project: NHMRC are funding the lead researcher.


[1] The word 'Aboriginal' has been used in this application to refer both to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia as well as other Indigenous groups residing in other parts of the world. The author acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may identify with their local clans or group name and he means no disrespect in using the term Aboriginal.


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