Despite efforts to close the gap, Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population keeps suffering from increased mental health issues.
Reports show that the proportion of Indigenous adults experiencing high or very high psychological distress is almost three times the proportion for non-Indigenous adults. And the suicide rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is twice the rate of non-Indigenous people.
The 2nd National Indigenous Mental Health & Wellbeing Forum has been developed together with community and industry leaders to provide attendees with practical tools to tackle mental health issues within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Community and industry leaders from across the country will share their successful case studies on how to improve services and outcomes through better engagement, assessment and treatment.
International key note speakers
Over 100 delegates
Speakers from across the country
Practical case studies from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
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“I have left the conference completely inspired by the speakers. Clearly Aboriginal people are able to do their own business and I felt so proud of everyone that spoke about their efforts to do that. I would definitely come again. An amazing effort by all. It gave me a sense of renewed energy for my work back home.”
“I found the forum to be a worthy event which I will attend again. I have walked away having learned more, broadened in perspective and with valuable resources. Thank you.”
“Attending this conference was a wonderful experience for me both professionally and personally. I reconnected with my Aboriginal heritage and was reminded of all the wonderful accomplishments of my Aboriginal brothers and sisters, of whom I am so very proud.”
“I found the forum very interesting; I came away with a better understanding of how wide spread mental health issues affect our people. From all parts of Australia, the young the old and everyone in between.”
“This event really opened my eyes. As a non-Aboriginal health professional (mental health nurse) that recently began working at an Aboriginal Health Clinic it gave me a great insight into the issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. I feel privileged to have taken part, thank you for offering such a great event”
“This was one of the most informative conferences I have been to. Excellent MC, presenters and presentations. I have already recommended that my organisation send more practitioners to the next one.”
“It was a fantastic event - well organised, and made incredibly informative through the choice of presenters. Thanks!”
Assistant Minister for Suicide Prevention, Mental Health and Disabilities and Assistant Minister for Seniors and Youth, Parliament of NT
Member for Karama, Australian Labor PartyView
Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer – Participants and Planning
National Disability Insurance AgencyView
Senior Research Fellow
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet – Edith Cowan UniversityView
Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service, Deputy Chairperson, NACCHOView
Ngalla Maya, Suicide Prevention and Prison Reform ResearcherView
West Australian Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation, Founding Member, Yokai, and Co-convenor, Bringing Them Home WAView
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