Particular Indigenous practice contexts

Specific resources relevant to particular practice contexts working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people


Aged Care


Sad news, sorry business: Guidelines for the caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through death and dying
:  Queensland Health has published these guidelines to help in providing culturally and clinically responsive care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families.

Alzheimer’s Australia provides an excellent collection of resources and publications about dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Their Publication section contains a link to a useful briefing paper, ‘Working with older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’ (2013).  It explores working in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner.

O'Brien AP, Bloomer MJ, McGrath P, Clark K, Martin T, Lock M, Pidcock T, van der Riet P, O'Connor M.  (2013) Considering Aboriginal palliative care models: The challenges for mainstream services. Rural and Remote Health, 13, 2339.

Waugh, E. & Mackenzie, L. (2011). Ageing well from an urban Indigenous Australian perspective. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 8(1), 25-33.

 

Mental Health


Guidelines for providing Mental Health First Aid to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Person
- these guidelines provide a general set of recommendations about how you can help an Aboriginal person who may be experiencing a mental illness or developing a mental health crisis.

Australian Indigenous Mental Health - This website aims to increase understanding about Aboriginal and Torres Strait mental health issues. It was 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.

Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice: This very comprehensive book examines the issues and strategies influencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and social and emotional wellbeing. An overview of the chapters is also accessible.

 

Schools and Education


What Works.  The Work Program
is a set of materials for those working in schools. It is designed to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous students.

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