The College is pleased to announce the launch of new online resources to support the work of health professionals and improve knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health care. The College recognises the right for all Australians to experience good mental health, and seeks to redress the inequities in health experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through a variety of initiatives.
Apunipima Cape York Health Council generously welcomed the College into their service on Friday 24 October to launch the new resources. Local Fellows, trainees along with Apunipima staff were in attendance to preview the new resources, with an opportunity to network over lunch.
The new resources include an enhanced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health web page, as well as four competency based training and Continuing Professional Development modules addressing key factors to be considered when working and engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and/or communities.
The four e-learning modules are accessible online to College members and cover:
- interviewing an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander patient
- developing a mental health management plan for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander patient
- formulation of a case involving an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander patient
- review of a model of mental health service delivery in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community.
The development of these resources was undertaken as part of the Indigenous Mental Health Resources Centre Project. This project aimed to provide resources, education and training opportunities to support the work of health professionals in improving knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health care to achieve better outcomes.
This project was led by the College’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee, in consultation with other College Fellows and community members with experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and/or communities.
This project was made possible through funding under the Rural Health Continuing Education Program, which aims to support health care professionals in rural and remote Australia and reduce professional isolation by improving access to CPD opportunities.