National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2003-2013

Key Result Area Four (actions 62-74): Social and emotional well-being

To ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy a healthy life equal to that of the general population that is enriched by a strong living culture, dignity and justice.

Page last updated: 30 August 2011

Objectives:

Social justice and across-government approaches

  • Reduced intergenerational effects of past policies, social disadvantage, racism and stigma on the social and emotional well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Increased resilience and stronger social and emotional well-being in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

Population health approaches

  • Promotion and prevention approaches that enhance social, emotional and cultural well-being for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including families and communities.
  • Reduced prevalence and impact of harmful alcohol, drug and substance use on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities.

Service access and appropriateness

  • Accessible mainstream services that meet the social and emotional well-being needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly those living with severe mental illness and chronic substance use.
  • Coordination of policy, planning and program development between mental health, social and emotional well-being and drug and alcohol agencies that provide services to individuals and families with specific attention to individuals and families with mental health conditions and co-morbidities to ensure care planning, provision of coordinated services and referral to services as required.

Workforce

  • A workforce that is resourced, skilled and supported to address mental health, social and emotional well-being and substance use issues for children, adults, families and communities across all Indigenous settings.

Quality improvement

  • Improved data collection, data quality and research to inform an evaluation framework for continued improvement in services, policy and program review, and the development/promotion of best practice.

Reporting against these action items will largely occur through qualitative reporting against this Implementation Plan and quantitative reporting through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework. This KRA contains actions that align with the OID Framework’s “Substance use and misuse” and “Functional and resilient families and communities” strategic areas for action.

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