NSLHD News April 8 2022

Michelle Lawrence with Pauline - who shared her story as a consumer

Director of MHDA, Andrea Taylor with Mrs Drew from the Ryde Aboriginal Women’s Group

Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy launch Northern Sydney Local Health District’s Mental Health Drug and Alcohol the strategy. “The strategy is the

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.” 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

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, quality care • Connected care To read the strategy, please visit https://bit.ly/3Jht2on.

Service has officially launched the NSLHD Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The NSLHD Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020- 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. NSLHD Chief Executive Deb Willcox said the district is committed to improving service planning, co- ordination and delivery of health services to support

(Left to right): Marlene, who provided entertainment, with Pauline, Pauline’s daughter Grace, and Leroy who also provided entertainment

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



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