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Indigenous AOD Workers' Wellbeing Resources

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.

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