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Ways forward: national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health policy

This document provides an overview of the mental health needs and problems of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and outlines "ways forward" to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

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20 February 1995
Ms Mary Scott
Director of the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Sirius Building
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Ms Scott
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Policy and Plan represents a national overview of the mental health needs and problems of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people around Australia. The policy and its guiding Principles, Strategies and Targets clearly outlines 'Ways Forward' to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. All provision of these services is through Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and/or management.

This significant report has been fully endorsed by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and is submitted by the two principal investigators,

Sr Pat Swan and Professor Beverley Raphael.

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Acknowledgements

The consultants wish to thank:
  • Directors and staff of the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern
  • National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
  • All Aboriginal community groups and individuals who assisted in providing information for the development of this National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Policy
  • Nada Martinek (Research Support), Trish Buckley (Secretarial Support) and staff of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Queensland

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