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New strategic framework launched for Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing

Date posted: 13 October 2017

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet have launched the new National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's mental health and social and emotional wellbeing 2017-2023. The framework sets out a comprehensive and culturally appropriate stepped care model that is applicable to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific and mainstream health services. It will help guide and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health policy and practice over the next five years, and be an important resource for policy makers, advocates, service providers, clients, consumers and researchers.

The framework is designed to complement the Fifth national mental health and suicide prevention plan and contribute to the vision of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan 2012-2023.

Professor Neil Drew from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet says of the release of the new strategic framework 'I am delighted to support this much needed framework and I congratulate our long-time colleague Pat Dudgeon in her achievements to this end. As you know we have at the heart of our site, a dedicated SEWB section and one specifically for the SEWB workforce, as well as a portal for Healing. The framework was developed under the auspices of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group, co-chaired by Professor Pat Dudgeon and Professor Tom Calma AO.'

Source: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet


Last updated: 13 October 2017
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