Pathways in Mental Health - Dhukarr Muḻkurrgu Guŋga’yunaraw
In 2016, ARDS collaborated closely with the Ŋalkaṉbuy Comprehensive Mental Health Service from Galiwin'ku, North East Arnhem Land, to produce a unique video resource that explores and documents the service’ unique model of community-controlled mental health care.
This educational resource examines various aspects of the both ways approach to mental health care utilised by the Ŋalkanbuy team, demonstrating ways in which Balanda and Yolŋu knowledges and approaches to well-being can be integrated into a single, comprehensive mental health care service.
The resource emphasises the critical importance of skilled, local Indigenous mental health professionals to the provision of effective, equitable and culturally-engaged mental health care for Indigenous people in the Top End. The resource also provides guidance for non-Indigenous health professionals around effective and respectful collaboration with Yolŋu mental health workers and interactions with Indigenous communities.
Following on from ARDS' 2015 research study into the support needs of Indigenous mental health workers, this project further highlights the perspectives of Yolŋu mental health professionals and advocates for the expansion and continued development of Indigenous-led, community-controlled mental health services across the top-end of Australia.
Early 2017 will see the launch of the Pathways in Mental Health Resource. ARDS will publicize when this resource is available for order.
Inspiring.. definitely to be recommended as an educational tool - not only to mental health clinicians but to all health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities" - Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
This project was made possible by the generous support of: