Article – What is known about pathways to mental health care for Australian Aboriginal young people? A narrative review

Article – What is known about pathways to mental health care for Australian Aboriginal young people? A narrative review

16 April 2018

This article discusses the lack of culturally appropriate mental health services for Aboriginal young people.

This article has been published in the International Journal for Equity in Health.

Drawing upon a literature review, this article argues that Aboriginal children and young people face difficulties using the mental health care system due to complex socio-cultural factors and the lack of culturally appropriate and effective mental health treatment programs.

It concludes that there needs to be improved mental health service delivery incorporating the following:

  • involvement of parents/caregivers, where consent has been given
  • acknowledgement of the role of the community in mental health promotion
  • greater inter-agency collaboration and information sharing.

Access the article via the journal website.

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