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Improving Mental Health Skills of Health Workers in Indigenous Communities in Northern Queensland

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal
Volume 31 Issue 6 (Nov/Dec 2007)

Abstract: Improved mental health is a basic requirement for the Indigenous communities of Northern Queensland. Indigenous health Workers (IhWs) are a critical link between the communities they live in and medical services to ensure prompt and effective treatment. However, formal training in mental health for IhWs is very limited. To address this gap, a series of workshops were undertaken between February and March 2007 whereby forty-two IhWs were consulted about problems which affected recognition and treatment of mental health problems. They were also consulted about the possible role of a Mental health Educator (MhE) to increase awareness of mental health problems for both IhWs and the wider community. Such a position is now being trialled and might represent an important resource for other regions which have poor mental health services.

To cite this article: Campion, Jonathan; Hunter, Ernest and Skalicky, Judy. Improving Mental Health Skills of Health Workers in Indigenous Communities in Northern Queensland [online]. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 31, No. 6, Nov/Dec 2007: 12-15. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=957081975424947;res=IELAPA> ISSN: 1037-3403. [cited 24 Aug 16].

Personal Author: Campion, Jonathan; Hunter, Ernest; Skalicky, Judy; Source: Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 31, No. 6, Nov/Dec 2007: 12-15 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1037-3403 Subject: Community mental health services; Community health aides; Aboriginal Australians--Medical care; Aboriginal Australians--Psychology; Peer Reviewed: Yes

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