State & territory jurisdictional reports: Activity relating to mental health reform prior to the implementation of the Fourth National Mental Health Plan

7. Lead the development of coordinated actions to implement a renewed Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander social and emotional well being framework

Page last updated: December 2010

Department of Health and Ageing

  • The Social and Emotional Wellbeing Framework 2004-2009 was designed to complement the National Mental Health Plan and the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (NSFATSIH 2003-2013). The Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC) endorsed the Framework in 2004. The Framework expired in December 2009.
  • It will be important, in considering next steps, to take into account the significantly changed policy environment since the Framework was released in 2004 and to work within the policy context set by Close the Gap. OATSIH will lead this work.

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

  • Cultural sensitivity is embedded in the principles of the Targeted Community Care (mental health) Program support services. The PHaMs mainstream model has been specifically adapted as a Remote Service Model to promote the spiritual, cultural, mental and physical healing for Indigenous Australians living with mental illness. The model has broader eligibility criteria to allow people younger than 16 years of age to access the service in order to address youth risk taking behaviours and high suicide rates in these communities.
  • FaHCSIA has established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation and the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
  • National Secretariat Program - The Department provides funding to the First Peoples Disability Network (formerly known as the Aboriginal Disability Network) to establish itself as the peak disability organisation representing the views and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with Disability.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

  • DVA delivered cultural awareness training across Australia for departmental client service centre staff to enhance skills and capabilities when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.