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Service and infrastructure needs to support recovery programmes for Indigenous community mental health consumers


Sayers, JM and Cleary, M and Hunt, GE and Burmeister, OK, Service and infrastructure needs to support recovery programmes for Indigenous community mental health consumers, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 26, (2) pp. 142-150. ISSN 1445-8330 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1111/inm.12287


Mental health is a major concern in Indigenous communities, as Indigenous people experience poorer health outcomes generally, and poorer social and emotional well-being throughout their lives, compared to non-Indigenous populations. Interviews were conducted with 20 mental health workers from a housing assistance programme for Indigenous clients with mental illness. Service and infrastructure needs identified to support clients were classified under the following overarching theme ‘supports along the road to recovery’. Subthemes were: (i) It is OK to seek help; (ii) linking in to the local community; (iii) trusting the workers; and (iv) help with goal setting and having activities that support their achievement. This paper highlights the importance of targeted housing and accommodation support programmes for Indigenous people to prevent homelessness, and the essential services and infrastructure required to support Indigenous clients’ mental health needs. These insights may inform service review, workforce development, and further research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:housing, indigenous, mental health, mental health worker, qualitative
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Sayers, JM (Dr Jan Sayers)
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:115368
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2017-03-21
Last Modified:2018-09-25

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