With the support of the Queensland Mental Health Commission, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH) and Centre for Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP) hosted a stakeholder workshop on the 14 November 2018. This was facilitated by Professor Kerry Arabena.
The workshop provided an opportunity to reflect on the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (Fifth Plan) as it pertains to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland, with particular reference to NATSILMH’s Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration which is to be implemented by Australian governments and their agencies through the Fifth Plan.
This addresses the importance of Indigenous governance in suicide prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities but is of greater application as the principles it espouses are relevant in many areas of mental health and related area service and program delivery.
- It is recommended to identify planning and development processes that should be codesigned with Indigenous communities, governing bodies, consumers and lived experience groups.
- Challenges to implementation include: Not enough clinical training opportunities of staff who may otherwise have cultural, community or lived experience.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and community representatives should control and otherwise oversee recruitment processes for services and programs intended for them.