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Brokering Community Engagement: Proactive Strategies for Supporting Indigenous Australians with Mental Health Problems

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Sayers, JM and Hunt, GE and Cleary, M and Burmeister, OK, Brokering Community Engagement: Proactive Strategies for Supporting Indigenous Australians with Mental Health Problems, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37, (12) pp. 912-917. ISSN 0161-2840 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/01612840.2016.1224284

Abstract

This qualitative study explored the experiences of mental health employees working with Indigenous clients living with mental illness. Interviews were conducted with 20 mental health workers to identify strategies they adopt to facilitate community engagement with Indigenous clients. Using a thematic analysis approach, 'Brokering community engagement' was the umbrella theme from which two subthemes related to community engagement for the service and clients emerged (1) enabling connections -community and family; and (2) recovery and reconnecting with community. Participant insights enabled a deeper understanding of the role of community in the recovery process for Indigenous clients and highlight the importance of community engagement as a primary, yet multifaceted strategy used by mental health workers in the communities they serve.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Indigenous Australians, mental health, mental health worker; community participation; community; recovery
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Mental Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Sayers, JM (Dr Jan Sayers)
Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:113268
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-12-19
Last Modified:2016-12-19
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