Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW

Mental Health

Background –In Aboriginal culture mental health is not individualistic, but rather a collective consciousness of families and communities. Mental health is not considered separate from physical health, culture or spirituality but rather part of a bigger picture that forms the Aboriginal holistic view of health.

The AH&MRC operates within this framework, working to improve Aboriginal mental health through initiatives in workforce wellbeing and Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB). The AH&MRC will also be offering mental health training through our Little Bay Campus.

The AH&MRC Mental Health Program delivers a range of activities including:

  1. Convening annual state-wide Aboriginal Mental Health Forums, to promote networking amongst mental health champions; and build skills and confidence of the ACCHS workforce, Aboriginal mental health professionals, community members and mainstream services
  2. Hosting an ACCHS sector advisory group for the AH&MRC mental health programs
  3. Assisting local groups to develop information and support initiatives based on their identified priorities
  4. Provision of regular communication on mental health resources, updated information, resources and workforce upskilling opportunities
  5. Collecting and sharing examples of successful Aboriginal-targeted mental health initiatives
  6. Providing cultural expertise and relevant community consultation, as well as input and advice to key stakeholders around mental health

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