2022 - Year in Review

Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy launch

(Left to right): Amanda, Tania, Trish, Tracey and Mel attended the launch

NSLHD’s Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Service officially launched the district’s Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

The NSLHD Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022-2025 supports and assists the district in delivering respectful and appropriate mental health drug and alcohol services. It reflects the state government’s commitment to closing the health gap between Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal people in NSW. Former NSLHD chief executive Deb Willcox said the district was committed to improve service planning, co-ordination and delivery of health services to support the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health of Aboriginal people.

“We are working in partnership with Aboriginal services, and Aboriginal people and communities to achieve this,” she said. “Each strategic direction and action reflects our commitment to do better, to listen and engage more, and to continue to provide the highest quality care for the Aboriginal community.”

“The strategy is the foundation for change that will support a future way of working under the national agreement for closing the gap in Aboriginal health outcomes,” Michelle said. “The launch celebrated the commitment to closing the gap and improving health outcomes for our First Nations people.” The strategy is supported by three goals — holistic, person and family-centred care and healing; culturally safe, trauma-informed,

Clinical lead for the MHDA Aboriginal service, Michelle

Lawrence, worked closely with MHDA Director Andrea Taylor, the NSLHD Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service, MHDA consumers, community members and the primary health network, to develop the strategy.

quality care; and connected care.

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