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Two-way approaches to Indigenous mental health literacy

Nagel, Tricia May, Thompson, Carolyn, Robinson, Gary, Condon, John R. and Trauer, T (2009). Two-way approaches to Indigenous mental health literacy. Australian Journal of Primary Health,15(1):50-55.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 10201xPUB12
Title Two-way approaches to Indigenous mental health literacy
Author Nagel, Tricia May
Thompson, Carolyn
Robinson, Gary
Condon, John R.
Trauer, T
Journal Name Australian Journal of Primary Health
Publication Date 2009
Volume Number 15
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1448-7527   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-73849096210
Start Page 50
End Page 55
Total Pages 6
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract This study was designed to provide important new information about relapse prevention in Indigenous 1 people with chronic mental illness. It aimed to explore Indigenous mental health promotion with Aboriginal mental health workers (AMHW) in order to develop strategies for effective mental health intervention. The research was conducted in three remote Indigenous communities in the top end of the Northern Territory with AMHW. Assessment, psycho-education, and care-planning resources were developed with local AMHW through exploration of local Indigenous perspectives of mental health promotion. Qualitative research methods and an ethnographic approach were used to elicit information, and data included key informant interviews, participant observation, music, photography and story telling. The study confirms that Indigenous people in remote communities prefer to use story telling and local language, local artwork and local music to convey health information. It also confirms that family and local practitioners are key cultural informants and that indirect, holistic and ‘two-way’ messages are preferred.
Keywords health promotion
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