Supporting Aboriginal Mental Health Workers: Research into Perspectives on System Change

Vincent Mithen, Alyssa Vass

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportResearch


In 2015, ARDS was asked by the NT Primary Health Network to conduct research into their Aboriginal Mental Health Worker (AMHW) program. The research involved extensive consultations with numerous AMHWs, Partners in Recovery facilitators and other stakeholders. The research explored highly sensitive cultural topics concerning mental health, as well as the systemic barriers impacting on AMHW’s ability to deliver effective care.

We utilised our comprehensive understanding of cultural differences in the delivery of health care, and our specialist expertise in communicating effectively in cross-cultural and multi-lingual contexts, in order to undertake this research sensitively and effectively.

The resultant Research Report addressed a gap in the literature by highlighting and prioritising the perspectives of Aboriginal workers, whose views have historically been sidelined from the planning of remote mental health services in northern Australia. It contained an overview of the perspectives and experiences of the mental health workers at the coalface of Aboriginal mental health care in remote communities, and a range of recommendations to improve the AMHW program.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherARDS Aboriginal Corporation
Commissioning bodyNorthern Territory Public Health Network
Number of pages42
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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