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Indigenous AOD Workers’ Wellbeing Resources

ONLINE DIRECTORY OF WORKER RESOURCES

This Online Directory has been developed for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander alcohol and other drug workers and aims to provide Indigenous AOD workers with easy and user-friendly access to worker wellbeing resources throughout Australia. Most listings can be accessed by clicking on the hyperlink.

The Online Directory is part of the ‘Feeling Deadly: Working Deadly’ resource kit produced by the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) and was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Copies of resources developed as part of this resource kit are available for download from the NCETA website. Click here to download or order a hard copy.

 

Who is the Online Directory for?

The Online Directory is intended for use by Indigenous AOD workers and their managers and supervisors. Mainstream AOD workers, managers and supervisors, and services with Indigenous clients may also find the Directory useful. However, please note that the information in the Directory is primarily focused on supporting Indigenous AOD workers, rather than clients.


 

Online Directory Resources

Target Audience:




"I Know It's Bad For Me and Yet I Do It": Exploring the Factors that Perpetuate Smoking in Aboriginal Health Workers - A Qualitative Study

Type: Journal
Author: Dawson, A.P., Cargo, M., Stewart, A., Chong, A., & Daniel, M.
Publisher: BMC Health Services Research, 12(1), 102
Year: 2012

Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) have a mandate to deliver smoking cessation support to Aboriginal people. However, a high proportion of AHWs are smokers and this undermines their delivery of smoking cessation programs. Little is known about how to enable AHWs to quit smoking. An understanding of the factors that perpetuate smoking in AHWs is needed to inform the development of culturally relevant programs that enable AHWs to quit smoking.

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'Top Tips' Series For Health Workers

Type: Website
Author: Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Tobacco Control (CEITC)
Publisher: Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Tobacco Control (CEITC)
Year: 2011

The 'Top Tips' resource package for health workers was compiled from discussion sessions held at a pre-conference workshop for Indigenous Tobacco Control project workers, researchers, policy makers and community members at the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference in 2009. Subjects included encouraging quitting smoking and implementing family-based approaches to quitting. More information >

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A Blueprint for Action: Pathways into the Health Workforce

Type: Book
Author: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council
Publisher: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council
Year: 2008

This paper provides Australian, State and Territory governments with strategic advice and strategies from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council (NATSIHC). More information >

Pathways.pdf
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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Project

Type: Book
Author: Health Workforce Australia
Publisher: Health Workforce Australia
Year: 2011

This workforce development project conducted by Health Workforce Australia produced three reports including: 1. an environmental scan, 2. an interim report, and 3. a final report.

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Aboriginal Health Worker Code of Ethics

Type: Book
Author: Aboriginal Health Worker Board of the Northern Territory
Publisher: Northern Territory Department of Health
Year: 2011

The Aboriginal Health Worker (AHW) Code of Ethics was developed at the AHW Conference, August 1981. Since that time the previous and current Aboriginal Health Worker Boards have endorsed the Code of Ethics to guide the practice, attitudes and behaviours of Aboriginal Health Workers.

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Aboriginal Health Workers Experience Multilevel Barriers to Quitting Smoking: A Qualitative Study

Type: Journal
Author: Dawson, A.P., Cargo, M., Stewart, A., Chong, A., & Daniel, M.
Publisher: International Journal for Equity in Health, 11 (May), 27
Year: 2012

Long-term measures to reduce tobacco consumption in Australia have had differential effects in the population. The prevalence of smoking in Aboriginal peoples is currently more than double that of the non-Aboriginal population. While Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) are responsible for providing primary health care to Aboriginal clients including smoking cessation programs, AHWs are frequently smokers themselves, and their smoking undermines the smoking cessation services they deliver. An understanding of the barriers to quitting smoking experienced by Aboriginal Health Workers is needed to design culturally relevant smoking cessation programs.

This article may not be freely available. Please contact the publisher for further information

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Aboriginal Health Workers Heart Health Manual

Type: Resource
Author: National Heart Foundation Derbarl Yerrigan Health Services
Publisher: National Heart Foundation Derbarl Yerrigan Health Services
Year: 2008

This resource, developed by the National Heart Foundation (WA Division) and Derbarl Yerrigan Health Services, is specifically for Aboriginal Health Workers. The Heart Health Manual is a holistic and visually attractive resource that offers clear instructions for the delivery of cardiovascular health programs. More information >

Heart Health CD ROMs can be ordered by calling 1300 36 27 87 (local call cost) or via email: heartline@heartfoundation.com.au

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Aboriginal Health Workers: What Can They Do?

Type: Book
Author: Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council
Publisher: Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council
Year: 2009

This resource outlines the training pathways available for Aboriginal Health Workers.

sohs_cert3.pdf
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Aboriginal Mental Health Cultural Competency Test (CCT)

Type: Resource
Author: Westerman, T.
Publisher: Indigenous Psychological Services
Year: 2003

Aimed at practitioners who are working with Aboriginal clients impacted by mental ill health, the Aboriginal Mental Health Cultural Competency Test (CCT) assesses current levels of cultural competency and provides a comprehensive feedback report which can be used as a cultural supervision plan for further skill development. More information >

This resource is only available for purchase. Please contact publisher.

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Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Program: Final Evaluation Report

Type: Book
Author: Robinson, G., & Harris, A.
Publisher: School for Social and Policy Research Institute of Advanced Studies, Charles Darwin University
Year: 2005

This report presents findings from the evaluation of the Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Program ‘Working Both Ways’ which was established by the Top End Division of General Practice with the aim of funding the placement of one or two Aboriginal Mental Health Workers in eight remote community health centres in the Northern Territory from late 2002 to 2005. More information >

Abor_mh_worker_program_final.pdf
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Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Program: The Challenge of Supporting Aboriginal Involvement in Mental Health Care in the Remote Community Context

Type: Journal
Author: Harris, A., & Robinson, G.
Publisher: Advances in Mental Health, 6(1), 15-25.
Year: 2007

The Aboriginal Mental Health Worker (AMHW) Program ‘Working Both Ways’ was established by the Top End Division of General Practice with the aim of funding the placement of one or two AMHWs in eight remote community health centres in the Northern Territory from late 2002 to 2005. The program was the first of its kind in Australia where general practitioners were provided with a cultural link to the mental health care of a patient via the locally based AMHW. More information >

This article may not be freely available. Please contact the publishers if you require further information.

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Aboriginal Sobriety Group Incorporated – Health and Fitness Centre

Type: Personal Health and Fitness Program
Author: Aboriginal Sobriety Group Inc.
Publisher: Aboriginal Sobriety Group Inc.
Year: 2012

Located in Adelaide, South Australia, the health and fitness centre is available for use by the community, school groups, and the general public. A Personal Trainer structures individually tailored programs and monitors use of the equipment by members. It has men's and women's sections, and an international standard boxing ring. The Boxing Club has consistently been amongst the 'top ranked' in South Australia. More information >

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Aboriginal Spirituality: Aboriginal Philosophy. The Basis of Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing

Type: Book
Author: Grieves, V.
Publisher: The Lowitja Institute (formerly the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH))
Year: 2009

This is the ninth in the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander's Health (CRCAH) Discussion Paper Series. Although this discussion paper has been developed for people working within health practice, as it explains, the wholistic philosophical basis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture that encompasses wellbeing has applications in every area of engagement with Indigenous Australian people. More information >

This resource is not available in hard copy.

DP9-Aboriginal-Spirituality.pdf
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Alcohol and Other Drug Education and Training for Indigenous Workers: A Literature Review

Type: Book
Author: Gray, D., Haines, B., & Watts, S.
Publisher: Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc. & National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology
Year: 2004

This review was written as part of the project ‘Developing resources to enhance the education and training of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers in the illicit drug field’. The review was undertaken in response to an Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing report, 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce: Draft National Strategic Framework (2001)'. More information >

Lit_rev.pdf
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An Indigenous Services Database and Other Resources: Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drug Workers' Wellbeing, Stress and Burnout

Type: Audiovisual/DVD
Author: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)
Publisher: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University
Year: 2009

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) compiled a database of services and resources relevant to both new and experienced workers in the fields of Indigenous health, and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD). The database contains contact details of over 500 services across Australia, covering AOD, Social and Emotional Wellbeing, Professional Networks, Education and Training, Policy, and Other. This resource is an interactive Access database and contains pdf reports sorted by state.

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An Indigenous Workforce Development Checklist for the AOD Field

Type: Information Sheet
Author: Bates, N., Weetra, D., & Roche, A.M.
Publisher: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University
Year: 2010

Little is known about factors that effect Indigenous AOD workers’ wellbeing, but, anecdotal evidence indicates that Indigenous AOD workers are placed under considerable work pressure. The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) has studied Indigenous AOD workers’ wellbeing, stress, and burnout and has identified some of the contributary factors. This document is part of a suite of resources that has been produced by NCETA to enhance Indigenous worker wellbeing and to reduce work-related stress. This resource was produced with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under the National Drug Strategy.

EN425 Bates et al 2010.pdf


Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA)

Type: Website
Author: Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA)
Publisher: Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA)
Year: 2008

AIPA is the national body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists in Australia. It provides leadership, professional support, mentoring and networking for Indigenous psychologists. AIPA is committed to supporting and formally representing the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists and students, supporting Indigenous psychologists through undergraduate and post graduate courses, and developing and delivering professional development activities. AIPA has developed a two-day Cultural Competence workshop for non-Indigenous mental health workers.

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Byalawa

Type: Website
Author: The Byalawa resources have been designed by the Byalawa Project Team as part of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Competitive Research Grant.
Publisher: Byalawa
Year: 2011

The Byalawa resources are research based multimedia learning and teaching resources designed to facilitate the acquisition of appropriate, culturally-safe interviewing and case history taking skills in health profession students. More information >

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Charlatan Training: How Aboriginal Health Workers Are Being Short-Changed

Type: Book
Author: Hudson, S.
Publisher: The Centre for Independent Studies
Year: 2012

This report discusses the issue of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers (AHWs) in Australia being 'short changed'. The report states that AHWs have not been given enough training to adequately perform their roles; are undervalued, under paid, and overburdened with difficult health issues; and, still do not have clearly defined roles and support. This report recommends providing training for AHWs according to three broad categories: clinical care or primary care, community care or community service, and cultural brokerage.

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Circuit Training: A Guide For Alcohol & Other Drug Agencies & Consumers

Type: Book
Author: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies
Publisher: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies
Year: 2011

This guide is designed to assist workforce development and is intended to provide information and examples for working with alcohol and other drug consumers around exercise, health and wellbeing. More information >

AODExerciseGuideWANADA.pdf
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Communicating Positively: A Guide to Appropriate Aboriginal Terminology

Type: Book
Author: NSW Department of Health
Publisher: NSW Department of Health
Year: 2004

This guide was developed to provide NSW Health staff with background information and advice for communicating with Aboriginal people and their communities when developing policy and programs to improve Aboriginal health outcomes. The guide aims to assist in building cultural respect by using appropriate and accurate language.

communicating_positively.pdf
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Community Development Approaches to Safety and Wellbeing of Indigenous Children

Type: Information Sheet
Author: Higgins, D.
Publisher: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
Year: 2010

A resource sheet summarising current knowledge on best practice in child protection with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Drawing upon Australian and international research, it outlines what is known about supporting families and responding to child maltreatment. More information >

community_dev.pdf
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Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses (CATSIN) Mentoring Program

Type: Mentoring Program
Author: Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses (CATSIN)
Publisher: Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses (CATSIN)

The CATSIN Mentoring Program aims to help individuals who are studying to be a nurse or midwife, address the shortage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in nursing and midwifery by supporting students, and assist students to prepare for a long and rewarding nursing or midwifery career. More information >

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Considering Models of Practice: Challenges Faced by the Bush Support Service in Developing Service Delivery to Support Remote Area Aboriginal Workers in Health

Type: Conference Presentation
Author: Millard, M., & Wilson, A.
Publisher: 11th National Rural Health Conference, 13-16 March, Perth.
Year: 2011

The Bush Support Service (BSS) is a 24 hour, 7 day a week telephone counselling service that provides debriefing and support to remote area health workers and their families. This presentation highlights various issues faced by Indigenous health workers in remote areas and reflects on organisational efforts to address them and provide support.

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Coping Skills For Our Kids. Guiding Our Children, Our Way: Aboriginal Parenting WA Guides

Type: Information Sheet
Author: Government of Western Australia, Department for Communities
Publisher: Government of Western Australia, Department for Communities
Year: 2012

PWA_GUIDE10-copingskills-web.pdf
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Cultural Wealth Community Health

Type: Book
Author: Rural Health West
Publisher: Rural Health West
Year: 2010

A resource for health professionals working with and caring for Indigenous Australians that provides an introduction to cultural awareness. More information >

Booklet is available upon request from publishers.

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Dealing with Loss, Grief and Trauma: Seven Phases to Healing

Type: Book
Author: Wanganeen, R.
Publisher: Commonwealth of Australia
Year: 2010

Dealing with Loss, Grief and Trauma is Chapter 19 in the book "Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice". Authored by Rosemary Wanganeen, this chapter describes the potential of a holistic loss and grief model to heal anger, rage and violence and empower people who see and find themselves as victims. More information >

working_together_full_book.pdf
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Development of a Resilience Training Package

Type: Journal
Author: Toombs, M.
Publisher: Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, 35(4), 25-26.
Year: 2011

An overview of what resilience looks like and how training may potentially increase productivity and success even when things are not always easy within the family or community that an individual comes from.

This article may not be freely available. Please contact the publisher for further information.


Diversity Mentoring: Acknowledging and Celebrating Our Differences

Type: Mentoring Program
Author: Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre
Publisher: Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre

A three day training program delivered by the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre. Designed for Indigenous Australians who wish to further develop leadership knowledge, skills and networks, and non-Indigenous Australians who wish to work more effectively with Indigenous people within the workplace and/or Indigenous communities.

Contact the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre for further details.

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E-couch

Type: Website
Author: Centre for Mental Health Research
Publisher: The Australian National University
Year: 2005

A personal self-help guide aimed at enhancing mental health. This e-hub self-help program for mental health and wellbeing includes information, exercises, a workbook for people to track and record their experiences, and toolkits designed to improve participants' emotional states. Co-funded by beyondblue and the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

This program is free; however, users are required to complete an anonymous registration.

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Engaging Australian Aboriginal Youth in Mental Health Services

Type: Journal
Author: Westerman, T.
Publisher: Australian Psychologist 45(3)
Year: 2010

This paper focuses on providing an overview of the particular barriers and difficulties identified by Aboriginal youth when engaging in mental health services with (predominantly) non-Aboriginal practitioners in research conducted by Westerman (2003). Strategies aimed at increasing the number of services and practitioners who are both culturally and clinically competent are proposed, and tested with a sample of Aboriginal youth to determine a culturally validated engagement model for use with Aboriginal youth across urban and rural (remote locations) of Western Australia.

Engaging.pdf
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Getting it Right. Employing Indigenous Australians: A Guide for Employers

Type: Book
Author: Grow Sydney Area Consultative Committee and Australian Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations
Publisher: Grow Sydney Area Consultative Committee and Australian Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations
Year: 2008

This guide provides employers with practical advice on how to convert their interest in Indigenous employment into successful outcomes both for their businesses and for Indigenous communities.

Employing_Indigenous_Aust.pdf
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GPNNT Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Manual: This Is How We Work

Type: Book
Author: Healthy Minds Team
Publisher: General Practice Network NT (GPNNT)
Year: 2010

This 26-page manual has been produced to provide Aboriginal mental health workers with culturally appropriate information on addressing mental health and mental illness in the Aboriginal population. More information >

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Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work

Type: Book
Author: Demirkol, A., Harrison, M., Murray, O. & Wilson, S.
Publisher: Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work. Lee, K., Freeburn, B., Ella, S., Miller, W., Perry, J. & Conigrave, K. (Eds).
Year: 2012

Chapter 17, Tips For Workers, of this handbook provides useful tips to benefit alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers. Information about further training, education and networking opportunities, supervision and mentoring, how to apply research into practice, and strategies for looking after yourself is provided.

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Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work

Type: Book
Author: Lee, K., Freeburn, B., Ella, S., Miller, W., Perry, J. & Conigrave, K. (Eds).
Publisher: University of Sydney
Year: 2012

This handbook provides everyday practical information for working in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) field with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. It is based on the clinical and cultural experiences of the authors who have worked in a range of settings from large urban environments through to small remote communities. More information >

handbook_online-version2.pdf
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Healing Services for Indigenous People

Type: Information Sheet
Author: Caruana, C.
Publisher: Family Relationships Quarterly: The Newsletter of the Australian Family Relationships Clearinghouse
Year: 2010

The release of the 'Bringing Them Home' report in 1997 (National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families, 1997) added impetus to calls for programs and services to address the healing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Since then, numerous reports, articles, discussion papers and policy frameworks at both the State and Commonwealth level have recognised the need for a holistic approach to tackle the root causes, rather than just the symptoms, of Indigenous suffering and disadvantage. This article explores healing in the Indigenous context, including examples of core characteristics of Indigenous healing and recent supportive healing initiatives. More information >

frq017.pdf
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Health Heroes

Type: Website
Author: Health Heroes
Publisher: Health Heroes
Year: 2011

This website shares real stories of Indigenous Australians working in the health sector. It aims to attract Indigenous students to careers in Indigenous health. More information >

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Health Professional Partnerships and Their Impact On Aboriginal Health: An Occupational Therapist's And Aboriginal Health Worker's Perspective

Type: Journal
Author: Hooper, K., Thomas, Y., & Clarke, M.
Publisher: Australian Journal of Rural Health, 15(1), 46-51
Year: 2007

This study, relevant to allied health workers, highlights the significance of establishing professional partnerships to provide effective and culturally appropriate interventions for Aboriginal clients. More information >

This article may not be freely available. Please contact the publishers if you require further information.

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Healthy Eating For Wellbeing: A Nutrition Guide For Alcohol and Other Drug Agency Workers

Type: Book
Author: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies
Publisher: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies
Year: 2011

This guide aims to give alcohol and other drug workers basic information about the overlap between nutrition and alcohol and other drug use, and rehabilitation, to inform their work with consumers. More information >

healthy_eating.pdf
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Healthy Stories

Type: Audiovisual/DVD
Author: Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC)
Publisher: Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC)
Year: 2010

The Healthy Stories series profiles the lives and jobs of five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have chosen to work in either community services or health in regional or remote communities in Australia. Each story explores the day-to-day tasks, the reasons for wanting to work in the role and the challenges faced by the storyteller on their journey to gain a qualification. More information >

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Healthy Workers Initiative

Type: Website
Author: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Publisher: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Year: 2012

This website is designed for employers and includes a range of information and resources that can be used to make workplaces healthier. More information >

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I Am Strong In My Culture

Type: Book
Author: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care Inc. (SNAICC)
Publisher: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care Inc. (SNAICC)
Year: 2009

This 16 page story book was developed out of a Children’s Self Publishing workshop, as part of the 'Child Rearing Stories' project. Ten clever participants from Aboriginal Early Childhood services developed the beautiful artwork and words over a mere two hours to create a resource which is suitable for families, communities and services working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children.

i_am_strong.pdf
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Improving the Capacity of Workers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities to Recognise and Respond to Mental Illness and Related Alcohol and Other Drug Issues: Background Report

Type: Book
Author: Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC)
Publisher: Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC)
Year: 2007

This report is a background paper for the initial phase of the project which aims to develop resources, support materials and learning strategies to improve the capacity of workers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to recognise and respond to mental Illness and related alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues.

Improving_Capacity_Background_Paper_FEB07.pdf
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Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) Mentoring Program

Type: Mentoring Program
Author: Indigenous Allied Health Australia
Publisher: Indigenous Allied Health Australia

The IAHA offers an online mentoring program to its members comprising an online mentoring training kit; links to other online resources; and, an electronic mentoring forum. More information >

Contact Indigenous Allied Health Australia for more information

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Indigenous Cultural Festivals: Evaluating Impact on Community Health and Wellbeing

Type: Book
Author: Phipps, P. & Slater, L.
Publisher: Globalism Research Centre, RMIT University
Year: 2010

This report investigates the role and significance of cultural festivals for the wellbeing of Indigenous young people and communities.

festivals.pdf
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Indigenous Spiritual Wellbeing Toolbox

Type: Training Program
Author: Australian Government Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations
Publisher: Australian Government Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations
Year: 2009

This toolbox covers five units from the Certificate III and Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care. It provides training for health care workers in Indigenous communities, focusing on supporting and assessing clients with mental health, alcohol and other drug issues. Learners will complete a range of learning activities in simulated rural, remote and urban health care clinics, with an emphasis on promoting illness prevention strategies and healthy lifestyle choices.

This program is only available for purchase. Please contact the publisher for more information.

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Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC)

Type: Website
Author: Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC)
Publisher: Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC)
Year: 2010

IWC is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Non-Government and Charitable Organisation offering a range of programs aimed at supporting and improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across the Bundaberg, North Burnett and Fraser Coast Regions of Queensland. It provides holistic, high quality wellness services that build the capacity of Indigenous people through a focus on individual, family and community wellbeing. More information >


Indigenous Worker Wellbeing Resource

Type: Resource
Author: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)
Publisher: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)
Year: 2012

This project identified the key antecedents and consequences of stress, burnout and wellbeing among Indigenous and non-Indigenous alcohol and other drug (AOD) and generic health workers. An information base to inform strategies to improve Indigenous health workers' experiences was developed. More information >

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Keeping Strong

Type: Information Sheet
Author: Beyondblue
Publisher: Beyondblue
Year: 2011

Beyondblue, in partnership with Nunkuwarrin Yunti and “isee-ilearn”, have developed a culturally relevant pamphlet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people describing the signs and symptoms of depression and pathways for help and healing. The pamphlet visually highlights the importance of family, friends and community and the contributions they make to improved health and social and emotional wellbeing.

keeping_strong.pdf
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Making Up Your Mind: Mental Health

Type: Audiovisual/DVD
Author: Nunkuwarrin Yunti
Publisher: Nunkuwarrin Yunti
Year: 2012

This CD was produced with Aboriginal youth as part of Nunkuwarrin 'Yunti’s Tune Into Your Health' project. The CD provides information about (1) Mental health (what it is and how you achieve mental health), (2) Mental health problems, (3) Social and emotional wellbeing (what it is and how you achieve it), and (4) Aboriginal health services in South Australia. The CD was distributed to Aboriginal Health Services within South Australia.

Please contact the publisher for further information about how to obtain copies of the CD.


Mental Health for Workers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Type: Training Program
Author: Nunkuwarrin Yunti
Publisher: Nunkuwarrin Yunti
Year: 2011

A 6 day training program conducted by the People Development Unit at Nunkuwarrin Yunti for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Social and Emotional Well Being Workers to enhance their skills in recognising and responding to mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues within their community.

Contact Nunkuwarrin Yunti for further details.

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Mental Health Training For Workers In Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Communities: Resource Kit - Grief and Loss and Worker Self-Care Discussion Cards

Type: Resource
Author: Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council
Publisher: Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council
Year: 2008

These discussion cards have been developed as a training tool to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers to recognise and respond to clients with mental illnesses and/or alcohol and other drug related issues. More information >

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Models of Supervision: Providing Effective Support to Aboriginal Staff

Type: Journal
Author: Scerra, N.
Publisher: Australian Aboriginal Studies, No. 1: 77-85
Year: 2012

This paper identifies models of supervision that have been successfully utilised to support Aboriginal staff and establishes an evidence base around effective supervisory practice. More information >

This article may not be freely available. Please contact the publishers if you require further information.

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MoodGYM

Type: Website
Author: Centre for Mental Health Research
Publisher: Australian National University
Year: 2012

An online training program designed to prevent depression in young people. This e-hub self-help program for mental health and wellbeing consists of five modules, an interactive game, anxiety and depression assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, a workbook and feedback assessment. MoodGYM is provided free of charge.

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Online Remote Primary Health Care Manuals

Type: Resource
Author: Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association (CARPA)
Publisher: Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association (CARPA)
Year: 2012

This set of manuals is intended to support high-quality clinical practice in primary health care in central, northern and remote Australia. The manuals were developed for health care workers including: doctors, Aboriginal Health Workers, remote area nurses, midwives, nurse practitioners, and allied health professionals. More information >

Access to the Remote Primary Health Care Manuals content is free of charge but does require registration and login.

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OnTrack: Supporting your Journey to Health and Wellbeing

Type: Website
Author: Queensland University of Technology
Publisher: Queensland University of Technology
Year: 2010

OnTrack is a website based program committed to providing accessible, affordable, evidence based psychological treatment for all Australians. Health practitioners can access and use OnTrack's programs to either refer someone for independent self-management, or to use aspects of the program to supplement their own work. The practitioner resources are free but are only available to registered and practising health professionals. Created by a team of psychologists at Queensland University of Technology with sponsorship from the Queensland Government.

Practitioners have to sign up for the resources.

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Our Healing Ways. Supervision: A Culturally Appropriate Model for Aboriginal Workers

Type: Book
Author: Victorian Dual Diagnosis Education and Training Unit
Publisher: Department of Health Victoria
Year: 2012

This resource provides a model to help meet the need for culturally appropriate supervision for Aboriginal workers who work in the alcohol and other drug (AOD), and social and emotional wellbeing fields. More information >

Indigenous Wellbeing EN#5.pdf


Our Healing Ways: Putting Wisdom Into Practice

Type: Book
Author: Victorian Dual Diagnosis Education and Training Unit
Publisher: Victorian Dual Diagnosis Education and Training Unit
Year: 2012

This manual explores working with co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol issues from an Aboriginal best practice perspective. The manual takes into account the complexities involved in working with community - often with dual relationships with clients. It is a celebration and validation of the enormous skill set required for this work.

Healing_Ways_Manual.pdf
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Our Healing Ways: The Relationship Between Alcohol and Drugs and Mental Health: A Resource Book For Aboriginal Workers

Type: Book
Author: Victorian Dual Diagnosis Education and Training Unit
Publisher: Victorian Dual Diagnosis Education and Training Unit
Year: 2012

This resource provides general information for Aboriginal workers to better understand the relationship between alcohol and other drug use and mental health. More information >

Healing_Ways_DD_Resource_Book.pdf
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RAISE Wellbeing, Regional Aboriginal Integrated Social And Emotional Wellbeing Program: A Case Study In Aboriginal Primary Mental Health Care Linkages

Type: Book
Author: Fuller, J., Martinez, L., Ryan, B., Muyambi, K., Stanley, J., & Verran, K.
Publisher: Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health, Lismore, NSW
Year: 2005

This program aims to enhance primary mental health services to Aboriginal people by linking the services provided by the Aboriginal mental health and mainstream sectors. The Pika Wiya health service, Pt Augusta mental health team and hospital and the Flinders and Outback regional health services are involved in the process to link services. The program aims to build the ability of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health services to respond to the needs of Aboriginal people suffering mental illnesses all within a culturally appropriate framework.

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Spirituality and Aboriginal People’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing: A Review

Type: Book
Author: Poroch, N., Arabena, K., Tongs, J., Larkin, S., Fisher, J., & Henderson, G.
Publisher: The Lowitja Institute (formerly the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH))
Year: 2009

This review emerged out of a 2006 Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH) Roundtable to identify priorities around Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing. The review looks at both the broad differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal spiritual concepts and the ways in which the two concepts have intermingled over time. It also examines the way ceremony, art and song have helped build resistance to the colonisation of Aboriginal spirituality. Chapter Five includes an annotated bibliography of relevant literature spanning the years 1973 to 2008.

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Start Stronger, Live Longer: Resource Manual Guide For Aboriginal Health Workers

Type: Resource
Author: Kulunga Research Network
Publisher: Kulunga Research Network
Year: 2010

This resource package was produced to increase Aboriginal Health Workers' knowledge in the areas of maternal, child, and adolescent health and wellbeing. The aim of the resource is to empower Aboriginal Health Workers so they can continue to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and communities. More information >

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Stay Strong

Type: Audiovisual/DVD
Author: Rural Health Education Foundation
Publisher: Rural Health Education Foundation
Year: 2009

This resource focuses on strong cultural identity, nutrition and education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6-12 years. Stay Strong is a half-hour documentary account of the hour-long program Step by step: Indigenous kids 6-12 years, and is the fourth program in the Strong series (a set of programs on Indigenous children's health). More information >

The DVD of this series is available for purchase. Please contact publisher for more information.

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Stay Strong Plan

Type: Information Sheet
Author: Menzies School of Health Research
Publisher: Menzies School of Health Research
Year: 2008

This leaflet has been developed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their health practitioners identify what keeps them strong, their concerns, and how they are managing their mental health issues. More information >

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Staying Deadly in the Workplace Program

Type: Training Program
Author: Westerman, T.
Publisher: Indigenous Psychological Services (IPS)
Year: 2003

Dr Tracy Westerman has identified the primary reasons for success and failure of Aboriginal people in the workplace and developed 'Staying Deadly in the Workplace' to address these factors. More information >

This resource is available for purchase. Please contact the publisher for further information.

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Stories of Resilience: Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drug Workers’ Wellbeing, Stress, And Burnout

Type: Book
Author: Roche, A., Tovell, A., Weetra, D., Freeman, T., Bates, N., Trifonoff, A., & Steenson, T.
Publisher: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University
Year: 2010

This project is part of a larger workforce development (WFD) program of work undertaken by the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) that has examined a range of key WFD issues impacting the alcohol and other drugs workforce in Australia. The project focused on Indigenous alcohol and other drug worker wellbeing and extends NCETA’s previous examination of stress and burnout among alcohol and other drug workers in general. This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and was also endorsed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH) as an in-kind project. More information >

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Strengthening Aboriginal Family Functioning: What Works And Why?

Type: Information Sheet
Author: Walker, R., & Shepherd, C.
Publisher: Australian Family Relationships Clearinghouse: Briefing
Year: 2008

There is widespread recognition that strong family relationships and good family functioning are essential for individual, family and community wellbeing, as well as providing long-term benefits to the broader society. This is also true in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, although there are considerable differences in the structures of Aboriginal families and their functional dynamics. Despite the importance of good functioning, there remains a limited evidence base to describe how well Aboriginal families function or the factors that support family harmony or contribute to dysfunction. More information >

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Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Framework for Western Australia 2011-2015

Type: Book
Author: West Australian Government, Drug & Alcohol Office
Publisher: West Australian Government
Year: 2011

This Framework was developed to provide guidance to key stakeholders, such as the alcohol and other drug sector and a broad range of government and non-government agencies, towards delivering culturally secure programs and supporting Aboriginal ways of working in order to strengthen their efforts to manage and reduce alcohol and other drug related harm in Aboriginal communities. More information >

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Success Stories From the Frontline of Aboriginal Health

Type: Audiovisual/DVD
Author: Oxfam Australia
Publisher: Oxfam Australia
Year: 2011

These nine short 'digital stories' showcase work conducted by Aboriginal Health Workers in Victoria. Each digital story is told through a combination of photo and voice over.The digital stories were compiled by Aboriginal Health Workers themselves, and give a firsthand account of successful local projects. More information >

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Supporting Your Aboriginal Colleagues

Type: Journal
Author: Howard, D.
Publisher: Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, 35(7), 7
Year: 2011

Non-Indigenous staff possess expectations and behaviour grounded in a different culture and health setting. In this study, Aboriginal Health Workers describe how these differences significantly contribute to the work-related stress they experience.

This article may not be freely available. Please contact the publishers if you require further information.

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Surviving Stress with Self-Care - A Guide for Remote and Rural Health Workers and their Families

Type: Book
Author: CRANAplus
Publisher: CRANAplus
Year: 2000

It has long been known that traumatic events can have profound psychological effects on victims and their families. It is now known that those who are required to assist during these emergencies can be affected too. This booklet has been developed to support remote and rural health practitioners to deal with their normal human responses to such events and, hopefully, to emerge stronger and better for the experience. More information >

Although not currently available, these resources are being redeveloped and it is expected that they will be available early in 2013. Contact the publisher for further information.


Surviving the Day to Day Hassles - A Guide for Remote Health Workers

Type: Book
Author: CRANAplus
Publisher: CRANAplus
Year: 2000

Remote health practice can often be a challenging and intensely rewarding experience. This booklet aims to identify some of the major sources of stress associated with remote health practice. It also attempts to offer some skills and strategies to assist practitioners to successfully deal with some of these pressures. More information >

Although not currently available, these resources are being redeveloped and it is expected that they will be available early in 2013. Contact the publisher for further information.


The Best Bang For Our Buck: Recommendations For The Provision Of Training For Tobacco Action Workers and Indigenous Health Workers

Type: Journal
Author: Thompson, M.
Publisher: Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for the Australian Nursing Professional, 37(1), 90-91.
Year: 2011

While smoking rates among Australians in general have declined over the past two decades, rates for Aboriginal Australians have remained high and continue to contribute to the overall poor health of Aboriginal people. Aboriginal health workers are proposed as one way to help reduce smoking rates for Aboriginal people. However, there is a need for specifically developed courses to train health workers to deliver smoking interventions.

This publication may not be freely available. Please contact the publisher for more information.

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The Cultural Needs Scale (CNS) for Aboriginal Australians

Type: Resource
Author: Westerman, Tracy
Publisher: Indigenous Psychological Services
Year: 2003

The CNS is used in conjunction with the General Cultural Competency Test for Aboriginal Australians. It provides clear direction to organisations about the sorts of changes that need to happen to ensure that Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people are able to work together at a more culturally appropriate level.

Online test available for purchase only. Please contact publisher for more details.

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The Culturally Secure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Recruitment and Retention Guide

Type: Book
Author: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (WANADA)
Publisher: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (WANADA)
Year: 2011

This guide was designed to support CEOs and senior managers/supervisors of services in the alcohol and other drugs sector, and provide them with a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers and their culture. The guide identifies useful tips and provides examples of positive approaches to recruiting and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers.

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The General Cultural Competency Test (GCCT) for Aboriginal Australians

Type: Resource
Author: Westerman, T.
Publisher: Indigenous Psychological Services
Year: 2003

Dr Westerman developed cultural competency testing to enable individuals and organisations to consider their gaps and strengths in the essential skills, knowledge and abilities related to working in culturally appropriate ways with Aboriginal people. More information >

The online test may be purchased. Please contact the publisher for further details.

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The Health and Wellbeing of Indigenous Drug And Alcohol Workers: Results From A National Australian Survey

Type: Journal
Author: Roche, A.M., Duraisingam, V., Trifonoff, A., & Tovell, A.
Publisher: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Year: 2012

Indigenous alcohol and other drug (AOD) and other health workers play a crucial role in the delivery of treatment services and offer essential support to their communities. Building the capacity of these workers is vital. This paper highlights the importance of implementing workforce development strategies that focus on achieving culturally appropriate, equitable and supportive organisational conditions for Indigenous AOD workers. More information >

This article may not be freely available. Please contact the authors if you require further information.

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The Link between Indigenous Culture and Wellbeing: Qualitative Evidence for Australian Aboriginal Peoples

Type: Book
Author: Colquhoun, S., & Dockery, M.
Publisher: Centre for Labour Market Research, Curtin University
Year: 2012

Evidence suggests that the wellbeing of Indigenous people is enhanced when they maintain their ‘traditional’ culture. This paper uses qualitative data made available from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children to explore this relationship in the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Specifically, responses to two open-ended questions “What is it about Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture that will help your child to grow up strong?” and “Apart from health and happiness, what do you want for your child?” are analysed revealing a number of key themes.

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Therapeutic Journeys, Counselling Aboriginal Clients and Their Families, Series Three, Alcohol & Drug Counselling Skills With Adults and Adolescents

Type: Audiovisual/DVD
Author: Sushi Productions
Publisher: Sushi Productions
Year: 2002

This resource is a valuable tool for health practitioners who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients with alcohol or other drug (AOD) related problems. It will assist practitioners to develop their counselling skills which may improve health and wellbeing outcomes for their clients. It could also be used as an educational tool for training programs involving AOD and other health workers. More information >

These DVDs are available for purchase only. Please contact the publisher for more information.

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Walk Together, Learn Together, Work Together: A Practical Guide For the Training of Aboriginal Mental Health Professionals in New South Wales

Type: Training Program
Author: Watson, C., Harrison, N., Brideson, T., & Greenwood, C.
Publisher: NSW Health & Centre for Rural and Remote Health
Year: 2010

This guide is designed for mental health staff involved in the New South Wales Aboriginal Mental Health Worker training program. The aim of the program is to increase the availability of culturally appropriate mental health services to Aboriginal people by enhancing the skills and ability of the Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce. More information >

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Workforce Roundtable Report

Type: Book
Author: The Lowitja Institute
Publisher: The Lowitja Institute
Year: 2011

The Roundtable was hosted by the Lowitja Institute in Brisbane on 15 September 2011 and was attended by researchers, policymakers, community controlled health care providers and other Aboriginal representative bodies with an interest in developing a stronger Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander presence in the health workforce. Presentations included the demographics of the existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce and current shortfalls; the complexity of health governance and the need to build educational pipelines for future health workers; and, ways of delivering best practice treatment in a culturally respectful environment.

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Working and Walking Together: Supporting Family Relationship Services to Work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families and Organisations

Type: Book
Author: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)
Publisher: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)
Year: 2010

This resource aims to support non-Indigenous family relationship services to work in culturally appropriate ways with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and their communities. More information >

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Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice

Type: Book
Author: Purdie, N., Dudgeon, P., & Walker, R. (Eds).
Publisher: Commonwealth of Australia
Year: 2010

This book was developed as an information source for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with social and emotional wellbeing issues. The book contains comprehensive, culturally appropriate information to educate and assist health professionals who work with Indigenous clients. More information >

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Disclaimer

This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list. While every attempt has been made to ensure that the information in the Directory is comprehensive, current and accurate at the time of development, NCETA cannot guarantee that there may be some omissions or that some of the details may be out of date. NCETA welcomes suggestions about any other resources which may be added to the Online Directory as well as feedback on the resources listed.

Acknowledgements

Development of the ‘Feeling Deadly: Working Deadly’ resource kit was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and forms part of NCETA’s program of work on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander worker wellbeing.

NCETA would also like to gratefully acknowledge that a large number of the entries in the Directory were sourced from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet which can be accessed at http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/. The Drug and Alcohol Services SA Library also supported the development of the Online Directory and assisted in locating listings in the Directory.



NB: The terms Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander and Indigenous are used interchangeably throughout this resource kit. We understand that some people have a preference for using one term over the other and we have used the terms interchangeably to be sensitive to these differing perspectives.