The Morrison Government is investing $4 million in activities aimed at ensuring people with mental health challenges get the support and treatment they need.
The work will be undertaken by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and will focus on the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The work follows recommendations made in the Government’s Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention plan, which outlines eight ‘priorities’ to be achieved by 2022.
As part of the project, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare will establish a Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Clearinghouse.
The Clearinghouse will commission review papers on effective programs, conduct public seminars and set up a help desk service to support relevant stakeholders.
Resources, tools and program evaluations to support the development of culturally safe models of service delivery will be provided, including the use of cultural healing and trauma-informed care.
Minister Wyatt said “I am absolutely committed to tackling the issue of mental health and the important role that the AIHW plays in collecting data and evidence to improve good policy outcomes for First Nations peoples.
The Morrison Government is also investing $400,000 in the Indigenous Community Insights data portal that is currently under development by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This additional investment will fund the life course module which focuses on: mothers and babies; children; young people; those of working age and older Indigenous Australians. It will also fund the housing module which shows how housing circumstances and health outcomes are closely linked.
The Morrison Government is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all First Nations Australians, investing $4.1 billion over four years in the 2019-20 Budget.