Effective strategies to strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Effective strategies to strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Pat Dudgeon, Roz Walker, Clair Scrine, Carrington Shepherd, Tom Calma and Ian Ring

Closing the Gap— October 2014
Effective strategies to strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

This paper reviews the evidence on effective and culturally appropriate mental health and social and emotional wellbeing programs and services for Indigenous people in Australia. It identifies what works, what doesn't, and the gaps in the research evidence.

Background information is also included on the key determinants of mental health and wellbeing, the local policy context, and the 9 principles of effective program and service delivery in Indigenous mental health policy, programs, and services.

This report was produced by the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse was a Council of Australian Governments’ initiative jointly funded by all Australian Governments. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Family Studies was funded from 2009 to 2014 to deliver the Clearinghouse.

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