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

Social and Emotional Well-being Workforce

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

Longer Term Priority Actions (current yet and beyond):
(Specific Strategies)

Lead Agency
(Contributing agencies)

Social and Emotional Well-being Workforce

71. Considering community/organisational capacity and infrastructure needs of health professionals, build and appropriately support a workforce that is appropriately skilled in mental health, social and emotional well-being and substance use issues to address the needs of children, adults, families and communities. DoHA (FaCSIA, DEST, DEWR)
72. Implement the COAG measure Improving the Capacity of Workers in Indigenous Communities to train Aboriginal Health Workers, counsellors and clinic staff in Indigenous specific health services to identify and address mental illness and associated substance use issues in Indigenous communities, to recognise the early signs of mental illness and make referrals for treatment where appropriate. DoHA (FaCSIA, AGs, DEST, DEWR)
73. Develop education, training and support programs for Indigenous workers in mental health, social and emotional well-being and substance use interventions to ensure equity of representation across the spectrum of professional roles. Investigate mechanisms for appropriate recognition of skills. DoHA (DEST)