Online resources – working with Indigenous clients and communities

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It’s the end of NAIDOC week and perhaps a good time to reflect on the resources that are available online that have been designed for working with Indigenous clients and communities, both in mental health and AOD.

Mental Health

Social and emotional wellbeing (including mental health) – as part of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
· Includes reviews, publications, resources, workforce development info
· This site has a wealth of information and is relatively easy to navigate

Australian Indigenous Mental Health:

· This site has been developed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and beyondblue: the national depression initiative.
· Has case studies, guidelines, information on key issues
· Website frequently updated – primary audience is psychiatrists, but plenty of useful information for other counselling practitioners

Guidelines for providing Mental Health First Aid to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Person (scroll half-way down the page)

· Series of pdfs to complement Mental Health First Aid
· Information on cultural considerations, depression, psychosis, suicide, trauma and loss, and problem drinking

Social and emotional wellbeing and mental health services in Aboriginal Australia

· Website to help find services
· Resources available (or linked to) include culturally specific screening tools and adapted mainstream tools
· Contains information on the idea of “promising practice” vs “best practice”


Drugs and Alcohol

Resources for workers in the drug and alcohol field who work with Indigenous Communities– factsheet (2009)

· Bit of a “cheat sheet” for resources for AOD workers
· Lots of useful links

Culturally secure resources for Aboriginal people – from the West Australian Drug and Alcohol office

· Printable resources on a range of topics including injecting drug use, alcohol, speed, and chroming

Substance use – part of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

· Includes reviews, publications, resources, workforce development info
· This site has a wealth of information and is relatively easy to navigate

Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA)

· Resources for printing and for purchase

 For your own information

The theme of this year’s NAIDOC week is We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963. You can read more about this important event in Australia’s history here: http://www.naidoc.org.au/celebrating-naidoc-week/2013-national-naidoc-week-theme/

If you are interested in extending your cultural knowledge, libraries across the states and nationally are working to provide great info online and in the community.

State Library of South Australia – Indigenous collections and services


State Library of New South Wales – Australian Indigenous Services


State Library of Queensland – Indigenous Knowledge Centres


National Library’s Indigenous Collection


Have some suggestions for your colleagues? Comment below!

Author: healthyoptionslibrary

Library for HOA (Australian College of Community Services, Drug ARM Australasia and Mental Health Association Qld

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