Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Transforming Indigenous Mental Health & Wellbeing

Bringing cultural ways and healing into mental health and wellbeing systems to better serve the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing (TIMHWB) is a ground-breaking research program transforming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health care through Aboriginal leadership and authentic partnerships with Aboriginal organisations.

Three streams of research activity are defining and establishing culturally safe mental health support, through building an evidence base of what works.

Empowering Access

Establishing social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) as a paradigm applied in mainstream and community-controlled service delivery and community support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Empowering the Workforce

Empowering the mental health workforce to deliver culturally safe care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Empowering Service Systems

Establishing cultural safety in mainstream clinical services including through the employment of cultural healers and elders.

Empowering Access

Establishing social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) as a paradigm applied in mainstream and community-controlled service delivery and community support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Empowering the Workforce

Empowering the mental health workforce to deliver culturally safe care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Empowering Service Systems

Establishing cultural safety in mainstream clinical services including through the employment of cultural healers and elders.

Our Approach

Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing

Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing is a collaborative research program, which brings together leading Aboriginal organisations from across Australia in partnership. This partnership is building an evidence base for sustainable change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Our mission

Our vision is that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the opportunity to thrive through services and systems that better support their needs, with a focus on:

  • empowering access to services
  • building a culturally competent workforce and;
  • establishing cultural safety in mainstream clinical services including through the employment of cultural healers and elders.

Three powerful research streams will work together to improve the cultural safety of mental health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, through research that will understand and respond to the needs of the community, and build an evidence base for sustainable change.

We acknowledge the spiritual and cultural custodians of Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar, on whose land our offices reside, as well as the traditional custodians of all the lands throughout Australia, and the Indigenous peoples beyond our shores.

We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging, for they hold the culture, stories, and dreams of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We recognise and respect the wisdom and strength of the ancestors and Elders, their ways of knowing, being, and doing, and their continued relationship with their land. We also recognise the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, who are our future and our hope.

Finally, we acknowledge and respect the non-Indigenous people who share our vision for a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood.

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