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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience mental illness at a disproportionately higher rate than those from other backgrounds, yet, have limited access to recovery services.
Aboriginal people take a holistic view of health and wellbeing with emphasis on social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Family and community input are also highly valued.
Where mental health services often fail indigenous communities is the failure to recognise the disconnect between the mainstream approach to diagnosis and treatment, and Aboriginal cultural attitudes towards health. To bridge the gap between Aboriginal communities and recovery services, recognition of this diversity is essential.
One Door’s approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health includes:
View the full report of our 2016-2017 activities here RAP Report 16-17 (PDF 527.5KB).
2016-2017 RAP Artwork by Matthew McGann, Aboriginal Support Worker, Shoalhaven. Matt is a proud Yuin man from the Far South Coast of NSW and is very passionate about his artwork.