The NSW Aboriginal Mental Health and Well Being Policy 2006-2010 established the Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program, which is NSW Health’s framework for strengthening the Aboriginal mental health workforce.

Learn about the program by reading 'Yar​nin Together', a program update published in March 2015December 2015,  June 2016 and March 2017​.  

There are four components of the Program:

Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Training Program

This program provides permanent full-time NSW Health trainee positions for Aboriginal people. The trainees undergo supervised workplace training and clinical placements over three years, while concurrently completing a bachelor’s degree.

Resources

For further information about the Program please contact Tom Brideson, State-wide Coordinator, Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program, on (02) 6369 8891 or email thomas.brideson@health.nsw.gov.au; or Christine Flynn, Mental Health Senior Policy Officer on (02) 9391 9728 or email cflyn@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

Aboriginal Clinical Leadership Program

The Aboriginal Clinical Leadership Program establishes Clinical Leaders in Aboriginal mental health in a number of Local Health Districts. Aboriginal Clinical Leaders play a vital role in supporting the rapidly emerging Aboriginal mental health workforce, including trainees; promoting mental health service use by Aboriginal people; and assisting services to provide culturally appropriate care to Aboriginal communities.

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services

Aboriginal people often first access mental health services through Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS), also known as Aboriginal Medical Services. NSW Health provides funding for the employment of a number of Aboriginal Mental Health Worker positions in ACCHS across NSW as well as providing funds to the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AHMRC) to employ a State-wide Coordinator for Aboriginal Mental Health in ACCHS. The State-wide Coordinator links together and advises the AHMRC, several ACCHS across NSW, and the NSW Aboriginal Health Partnership.

For further information about ACCHS or AHMRC Aboriginal mental health positions please contact the State-wide Coordinator for Mental Health on (02) 9212 4777.

Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Forum

The Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Forum is a partnership event organised by a local health district and the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council and funded by the Ministry of Health Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Office of NSW Health.  The forum is an information sharing and networking opportunity for Aboriginal mental health workers. 

2017 Forum

The 2017 Forum will be hosted by South Eastern Sydney Local Health District on 14-15 June at Brighton Le Sands. For more information, please contact Christine Flynn, Ministry of Health, Mental Health Branch, cflyn@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

2016 Forum

The 2016 Forum, hosted by Hunter New England LHD, was held on 22-23 June 2016 in the Hunter Valley. The 2016 Forum Program, Evaluation Report and Forum Presentations are available.

Aboriginal Forum Hunter Highlights: Yarn up, feel deadly is a movie which provide highlights of the 2016 Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Forum:​​​​​

2014 Forum 

The 2014 Forum was hosted by Mid North Coast Local Health District on 5-6 March 2014 in Coffs Harbour. The 2014 Forum Program, Evaluation Report and Forum Presentations are available.

Stepping Up

Stepping Up is an online recruitment resource which has been specifically developed by the Ministry of Health to support Aboriginal people interested in a career in public health to start their health journey and to support managers recruiting to jobs.​​​​

Page Updated: Friday 31 March 2017
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