A cultural security framework for Kimberley mental health/social and emotional well-being and alcohol and other drug services

Drug abuse treatment Indigenous mental health Indigenous health Drugs and alcohol Kimberley Region
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The vision of the framework is for the delivery of culturally secure mental health/social and emotional wellbeing and alcohol and other drug services and support, which are responsive to, and respectful of, the cultural rights, values, beliefs and expectations of Aboriginal people in the Kimberley region.

Key Findings:

  • The framework recommends measures that can be taken to work towards achieving a best practice, culturally safe service delivery model that is respectful of Aboriginal cultural values, and is responsive to local needs.
  • Treating everyone the same does not give equitable outcomes. Aboriginal people experiencing mental health and emotional wellbeing related issues face far greater disadvantage and vulnerability than most non-Aboriginal people. Methods of engagement and support must be culturally responsive and encompass cultural respect, awareness, security, and safety.
  • It is recommended that as a mandatory requirement, all new staff receive appropriate face to face, locally relevant cultural awareness training from local trainers before they interact with clients/consumers or community members.

Aboriginal culture is a source of strength, resilience, identity and confidence. Each of these factors links to a positive sense of health and wellbeing, which can be described as the continuity and connectedness between an individual’s mind, body, and spirit, and through their connection with culture, country, family and community.

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