Looking Forward - Moving Forward

August 2017

Dr Michael Wright (Lead Investigator)
Professor Steve Allsop
Ms Marg O'Connell
Dr Helen Lette

Other investigators: 

Professor Alex Brown, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
Professor Patricia Dudgeon, UWA
Mr Tim Marney, Mental Health Commission WA
Professor Elizabeth Geelhoed, UWA
Dr Ashleigh Lin, Telethon Kids Institute, UWA
Professor Fiona Stanley, Telethon Kids Institute, UWA
Dr Geoffrey Smith, WA Department of Health
Mr Glenn Pearson, Telethon Kids Institute, UWA

Project description: 

Despite the clear need for support, Aboriginal people do not access mental health and drug and alcohol services at a level that corresponds with their need. Community concerns have been raised regarding the adequacy of mainstream mental health services to respond appropriately to the needs of Aboriginal people. Through a process of co-design with Aboriginal Elders and service provision partners, this project will implement and evaluate the ‘Minditj Kaart-Moorditj Kaart’ Framework, a culturally secure systems change framework to alter the way in which these services work for and with Aboriginal people. The systems change framework is the result of extensive formative research into what is required for culturally responsive and accessible mental health and drug and alcohol service provision. The evaluation will measure the implementation of the framework and assess its impact on: a) the relationships between Aboriginal clients and their families, and mental health and drug and alcohol service providers, and b) health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal people. This project represents direct translation of research into policy, practice and service delivery and continues established partnerships between researchers, Aboriginal Elders, six service providers, three peak bodies and the Western Australian Mental Health Commission. It will generate new evidence on ways to engage with Aboriginal people, a high-risk and marginalised group, and ensure the mental health and drug and alcohol sector responds in culturally competent ways to meet the needs of Aboriginal clients and their families.