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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander: States and Territories


Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (2017)

Balit Murrup: Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing framework 2017-2027.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health and Human Services


Aboriginal Affairs NSW (2015)

Mapu yaan gurri, mapu marrunggirr - healing our way.

Sydney: NSW Government

This report highlights the issues raised from the Healing forum held in New South Wales (NSW) in July 2014. The Healing forum brought together more than 200 delegates, representing 68 organisations, as well as Aboriginal leaders, to share experience and understanding of trauma and healing in NSW Aboriginal communities.

The discussions from the forum were focused around four themes outlined in this report:

  • Aboriginal perspectives on healing
  • Why healing is needed?- issues that impact on healing
  • strategies that support healing
  • the role for government in healing.

Abstract adapted Aboriginal Affairs NSW

Western Australian Mental Health Commission (2015)

Better choices. Better lives. Western Australian mental health, alcohol and other drug services plan 2015-2025.

Perth: Western Australian Mental Health Commission


Northern Territory Department of Health (2014)

Northern Territory implementation plan 2014-2016: Chronic Conditions Prevention and Management Strategy 2010-2020.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health


Northern Territory Department of Health (2012)

The Northern Territory chronic conditions self-management framework 2012-2020.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health


Statewide Service Strategy Division (2010)

Aboriginal health care plan 2010-2016.

Adelaide: Department of Health, South Australia

The Aboriginal health care plan 2010-2016 has been developed by SA Health as part of a significant health reform led by the South Australian Government. It aims to:

  • outline ways to reduce ill health among South Australian Aboriginal people
  • promote cultural responsiveness in the health system
  • promote Aboriginal community health and wellbeing

Aiming for an achievement of these overarching goals, the plan:

  • describes the demographic and major health issues for Aboriginal South Australians and variations across the state
  • outlines a model comprising six key areas: supporting good health; stronger primary health care; better care for those with high needs; an integrated and collaborative approach to the planning and delivery of services and programs, a focus on priorities; enablers for action
  • identifies six priorities for action based on the burden of disease and population profile
  • sets a framework for the regional Aboriginal health improvement plans
  • identifies key next steps and governance arrangements

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Victorian Mental Health Department Drugs and Regions Division (2010)

Victorian Aboriginal suicide prevention and response action plan 2010-2015.

Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria

The Victorian Aboriginal suicide prevention and response action plan 2010-2015 details the approach of the Victorian Government to prevent and reduce the incidence, and associated impact, of suicide and self-harm in the Victorian Aboriginal population. This document has identified four priority areas and subsequently proposed a total of 45 strategies that seek to address the risks and protective factors for Aboriginal suicide and self-harm. The priority areas and strategies have been informed by Victorian Aboriginal communities and international experience, and are embedded within a holistic, strengths-based framework that embraces Aboriginal culture and promotes good mental health and wellbeing. The information contained in this document is intended to assist in the development of improved care and support for those at risk of, or affected by, suicide or self-harm. With the rate of suicide in the Australian Aboriginal population estimated to be approximately three times higher than the rate for non-Indigenous Australians, and in some Aboriginal communities 40% higher than that reported for non-Indigenous peoples, the importance of this document is evident.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


NSW Health (2007)

NSW Aboriginal mental health and well being policy 2006-2010.

Sydney: NSW Health

This policy aims to address the relatively low levels of specialist mental health service utilisation in Aboriginal communities, despite a high level of need related to mental health and wellbeing. The policy is a framework to guide NSW Health and NSW Area Mental Health Services in the provision of culturally sensitive and appropriate mental health and social and emotional well being services to the Aboriginal community. A number of best practice interventions are also highlighted in the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Australian Capital Territory Health, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Service (2006)

A new way: the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and family wellbeing plan 2006 - 2011.

Canberra: Australian Capital Territory Health

The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Forum have developed a plan in response to the requirements of the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (NSFATSIH). The plan outlines local actions (including monitoring and evaluation strategies) aimed at achieving measurable change in the health and family wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT and surrounding region. It includes a detailed description of strategies and desired outcomes.The plan's holistic and family-centred approach outlines five priority areas: building family resilience, maternal and child health, social health (including mental health and substance abuse), chronic and infectious disease prevention and management, and frail aged and people with disabilities. Also supplied are a community profile and list of current services in the ACT.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Cheney C, Milroy H, Fong N, Waters L (2005)

WA Aboriginal social and emotional well being and mental health strategy 2005-2008 [draft].

Perth: Office of Mental Health


South Australian Aboriginal Health Partnership (2004)

Aboriginal health - everybody's business: social and emotional wellbeing: a South Australian strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2005-2010.

Adelaide: South Australian Aboriginal Health Partnership


NSW Department of Health (2003)

Joint guarantee of service for people with mental health problems and disorders: living in Aboriginal, community and public housing.

North Sydney: NSW Department of Health


Clark Y (2000)

A focused step toward wellness and wellbeing in Aboriginal health: a state strategy and action plan for social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal people.

Dulwich, SA: South Australian Aboriginal Health Partnership

Last updated: 16 November 2017
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