A review of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australian peoples - considerations, challenges and opportunities

Mental health Social isolation Social security Well-being Aboriginal Australians government relations Social issues Indigenous health Australia

This review aims to describe aspects of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australian people and elements of the Australian contexts in which they live. A deliberate emphasis is made here to highlight major signposts, research findings and interventions concerning Indigenous people. Darren Garvey is an Indigenous professional with experience as a recipient and provider of services aimed at addressing the social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) needs of Indigenous people, and as an academic involved in the training of Indigenous and non-Indigenous professionals in providing such services. Darren’s perspective as ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’, and his professional interest in the development of a culturally competent workforce contributes to the narrative pursued in the review, and to the interplay of academic, policy and practical concerns.

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