Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing

AHCWA. (2021). ACCHS Social and Emotional Welbeing Service Model. AHCWA.


Aboriginal people have a holistic conceptualisation of health. Community, Family, Culture, Spirituality, Language, Country, Emotions and the Physical are all seen as integral in both an individual, and a community, for achieving and sustaining health. This conceptualisation of health is upheld by the Western Australian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services’ (WA ACCHS) Model of Care, and guides the delivery of healthcare across communities. We understand that providing holistic health care is critical in the pursuit of health equality for Aboriginal people. WA ACCHS are well positioned to refine and expand our delivery of holistic health care by developing a WA ACCHS Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Service Model.

In 2018, at the request of the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) ACCHS CEO Network, the Western Australian Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) commissioned work to explore the development of a WA ACCHS SEWB Service Model. The project aimed to explore the WA ACCHS perspectives, experiences and aspirations with SEWB and mental health service delivery as a starting point in developing a WA ACCHS SEWB Service Model.

This report presents a roadmap for the ACCHS SEWB Service Model and has been informed by a review of relevant literature and consultations with AHCWA Member Services during 2018.