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A National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Mental Health and Social and Emotional Well Being: 2004 - 2009

Category: Policy/Strategy
Location:Australia
Alternative Names:
  • Social and Emotional Well Being Framework
  • Subject Matter:Collaboration / Partnership | Health and Community Services
    URL: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/wcms/publishing.nsf/Content/health-oatsih-pubs-wellbeing
    Summary Information:
    The National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Mental Health and Social and Emotional Well Being: 2004 - 2009 ('the Framework') was endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council in 2004.

    The Framework was developed by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC) National Mental Health Working Group and the Social Health Reference Group of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council.

    The Framework aims to improve mental health and social and emotional well being in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities by fostering coordination and collaboration across key sectors, and promoting key strategic directions aimed at improving resources and culturally diverse and appropriate services.
    Detailed Information:
    Purpose

    The National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Mental Health and Social and Emotional Well Being: 2004 - 2009 aims to 'respond to the high incidence of social and emotional well being problems and mental ill health, by providing a framework for national action' (Framework, 2004).

    The Framework is designed to work in conjunction with the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2003-2013 (NSFATSIH), which builds upon the Framework Agreements on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

    The Framework contains the following five key strategic directions:

    '1. Focus on children, young people, families and communities.
    1.1 Strengthening families to raise healthy, resilient infants, children, and young people.
    1.2 Recognising and promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander philosophies on holistic health and healing.
    1.3 Responding to grief, loss, trauma and anger.
    2. Strengthen Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.
    2.1 Building a skilled and confident workforce able to provide mental health and social and emotional well being services within the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector.
    3. Improved access and responsiveness of mental health care.
    3.1 Facilitating improved access and responsiveness of mainstream mental health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
    4. Coordination of resources, programs, initiatives and planning.
    4.1 Providing optimal funding and coordination in order to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and social and emotional well being.
    4.2 Improving coordination, planning and monitoring mechanisms.
    5. Improve quality, data and research.
    5.1 Developing and publishing culturally appropriate data and research that reflects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and social and emotional well being issues and that underpin improved service delivery.'
    (Framework, 2004, 15).


    Key Sector Participation

    The Framework aims to involve a broad cross-section of organisations and individuals on a national, state/territory and local/regional level.

    On a national level, the Framework includes agencies such as:
  • Related government agencies and national committees in health, community services, justice, police and education portfolios.
  • The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council.
  • Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC).
  • National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).
  • The Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC).

    On a State/Territory level, the Framework will include:
  • Framework Agreement Partners.
  • Departments of health, family and community services, justice, police, education and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.
  • NACCHO affiliates.

    On a local/regional level, the Framework will seek to involve:
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHs).
  • Schools.
  • Local communities, individuals and families including elders.
  • General Practitioners.
  • Aboriginal Health Workers.
  • Aboriginal Child Care Agencies.
  • Other service providers in child care, education and health.
  • Child and youth mental health services.
  • Recreational organisations.



  • Related Entries

    Agreement
  • Torres Strait Health Partnership Framework Agreement
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Framework Agreement (South Australia)
  • Health Framework Agreement (Torres Strait Islands)
  • Agreement on Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (Western Australia)
  • Western Australian Framework Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Agreement on the Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (New South Wales)
  • Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (Northern Territory)
  • Agreement on South Australian Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
  • Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (Victoria)
  • Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (Australian Capital Territory)
  • Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (New South Wales)
  • Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (Queensland)
  • Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (South Australia)
  • Organisation
  • National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council
  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) (Cth)
  • Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)
  • Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council
  • Commonwealth of Australia
  • Office of Aboriginal Health (WA)
  • Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH)
  • Policy/Strategy
  • National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • National Aboriginal Health Strategy

  • References

    Magazine
    Graham Davidson, The Australian Psychological Society (June 2003) Indigenous Health and Mental Health: APS Monitors Policy Changes
    Report
    Pat Swan and Beverley Raphael (1995) Ways Forward: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Policy Consultancy Report
    Publication
    Social Reference Group for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council and National Mental Health Working Group (2004) Social and Emotional Well Being Framework: A National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Mental Health and Social and Emotional Well Being 2004-2009

    Glossary

    Framework Agreement

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