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This report presents a strategy for the WA Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services’ (WA ACCHS) Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Model and has been informed by a review of relevant literature and consultations with Aboriginal Health Council of WA Member Services during 2018.

Key Findings/Recommendations:

  • Culture was a prominent theme in the consultations. Connection to culture was discussed as a protective factor in a person’s wellbeing, highlighting individual and collective resilience and survival. Participants also identified the importance of culturally safe services. These were defined as services that are embedded within the community, Aboriginal governed, and respectful in their engagement with community members.
  • The consultations found that developing a WA ACCHS SEWB Service Model is understood as a sector priority, and the development, resourcing, implementation and evaluation of a Service Model is an important contribution to improving and sustaining health outcomes for Aboriginal people.
  • Most participants identified that the term ‘mental health’ was challenging for many Aboriginal people as it was associated with the stigma of mental illness. Culturally secure awareness and de-stigmatisation were seen as priority activities for ACCHS. There was strong support for ACCHS to be delivering services that were focused on prevention and early intervention.
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