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Title: Aboriginal mental health workers and the improving Indigenous mental health service delivery model in the 'Top End'.
Authors: Nagel, Tricia
Thompson, Carolyn
Affiliation: Top End Mental Health Services, Royal Darwin Hospital, Rocklands Drive, Tiwi, NT, Australia.
Issue Date: Sep-2006
Citation: Australasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2006-09; 14(3): 291-4
Abstract: This article reviews the changing Aboriginal mental health service delivery model of Top End Mental Health Services, and highlights the importance of Aboriginal mental health workers in improving communication with Aboriginal patients. The Australian Integrated Mental Health Initiative Northern Territory Indigenous stream (AIMHI NT) is introduced. Baseline measures of AIMHI NT in 2003, and findings from two clinical file audits (1996 and 2001) at Royal Darwin Hospital inpatient unit are presented. The files were audited for a range of assessment and treatment interventions. The audits reveal significant improvements in Aboriginal inpatient care between 1995 and 2001. Aboriginal mental health workers provide essential services as cross-cultural brokers in the setting of Aboriginal mental illness. The improvements in care found in this file audit coincide with the commencement of employment of Aboriginal mental health workers in the inpatient unit. The AIMHI consultation reveals broad support for employment of more Aboriginal mental health workers in the Top End.
DOI: 10.1080/j.1440-1665.2006.02294.x
ISSN: 1039-8562
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Culture
Health Services, Indigenous
Medical Audit
Mental Disorders
Mental Health Services
Models, Organizational
Northern Territory
Oceanic Ancestry Group
Psychiatric Department, Hospital
Quality Assurance, Health Care
Retrospective Studies
Delivery of Health Care, Integrated
Professional-Patient Relations
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