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Upton, P., Ford, L ., Wallace, R., , Jackson, S., Richard, J., & Upton, D. 
Improving Indigenous mental health outcomes with an Indigenous mental health workforce. 
Produced for the Indigenous Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Clearinghouse. Canberra: AIHW
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Studies into Indigenous Australian mental health show a disparity in mental health outcomes and access to services between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Although ACCHS employ the majority of Indigenous mental health workers, they need more clinically qualified Indigenous staff (NACCHO 2019), as does the mainstream mental health workforce. The efficacy of mental health services for Indigenous Australians can be improved at a systemic level if mainstream services form partnerships with Indigenous communities and ACCHS.

NSW Government 
$21 million to boost Aboriginal mental health workforce. 
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The NSW Government is investing $21 million to expand the Aboriginal mental health and suicide prevention workforce as part of $131 million mental health recovery package.

The funding will allow every Local Health District and Specialty Network to employ Aboriginal Care Navigators and Aboriginal Peer Workers.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum and the National Primary Health Network Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement Network acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters on which we work and live on across Australia. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

Definition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience

“A lived experience recognises the effects of ongoing negative historical impacts and or specific events on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It encompasses the cultural, spiritual, physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of the individual, family or community.

“People with lived or living experience of suicide are those who have experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone through a suicidal crisis, been bereaved by suicide or having a loved one who has died by suicide, acknowledging that this experience is significantly different and takes into consideration Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ways of understanding social and emotional wellbeing.” - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre

We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to this site and invite them to provide any feedback or items for inclusion.

Recognition of Lived Experience

We also recognise people with lived and living experience of mental ill-health and recovery and the experience of people who are carers, families, kin, or supporters.


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