Workforce and services

(a) Indigenous specific

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation)

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

NACCHO is the national leadership body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in Australia. It represents 143 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) that operate in over 300 clinics across Australia, delivering holistic, comprehensive and culturally competent primary healthcare services. The sector is the largest employer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia, with well over half of its 6,000 staff being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association)

Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association

AIPA is the national body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists in Australia.

Indigenous Allied Health Australia

Indigenous Allied Health Australia

IAHA is a national, member-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation. It leads sector workforce development and support, to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association

Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association

AIDA is a not-for-profit, member-based, professional association supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students and doctors. AIDA aims at reaching population parity of Indigenous medical students and doctors and supporting a culturally safe healthcare system.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy 2016 – 2023

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy 2016 – 2023

The Framework is a mechanism to guide national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce policy and planning. It focuses on prioritisation, target setting and monitoring of progress against growing and developing the capacity of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care - National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, and User Guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (2017)

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care - National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, and User Guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (2017).

The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan Implementation Plan)

The Commission has defined six actions that specifically meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. The guide provides practical strategies for what to consider and how to bring the six actions to life in any health service organisation. It also provides practical examples from across Australia that demonstrate that these actions can be, and are being, implemented in health service organisations.

For the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards see: https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/National-Safety-and-Quality-Health-Service-Standards-second-edition.pdf

(a) Mainstream

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare - Mental health services in Australia)

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare - Mental health services in Australia

The website provides a picture of the national response of the health and welfare service system to the mental health care needs of Australians. MHSA is updated progressively throughout each year as data becomes available.

National Practice Standards for Mental Health Services (2010))

National Practice Standards for Mental Health Services (2010), with specific implementation guidelines as listed (2013)

The document outlines a revised set of mental health service standards which can be applied to all mental health services, including government, non-government and private sectors across Australia.

Specific implementation guidelines can be found at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/mental-pubs-i-public

National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce (2013)

National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce (2013)

The standards outline capabilities that all mental health professionals should achieve in their work. They are intended to complement discipline-specific practice standards or competencies of the professions of nursing, occupational therapy, psychiatry, psychology and social work.

National Mental Health Workforce Strategy (2011)

National Mental Health Workforce Strategy (2011)

The aim of the strategy is to develop and support a well-led, high performing and sustainable mental health workforce delivering quality, recovery-focused mental health services. The focus of this strategy and plan is the workforce, whose primary role involves early intervention, referral, treatment, care or support to people with a mental illness, in a mental health service or other health service environment, including non-government community mental health services. The workforce includes mental health nurses, psychiatrists, general registered nurses, enrolled nurses, general and other medical practitioners, occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists, Aboriginal mental health workers, Aboriginal health workers, mental health workers, consumer workers and carer workers. Currently being revised.

A national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services (2012)

A national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services (2012)

A guide for mental health practitioners and services to Australia’s national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services. It provides definitions for the concepts of recovery and lived experience. It describes the practice domains and key capabilities necessary for the mental health workforce to function in accordance with recovery-oriented principles. And it provides guidance on tailoring recovery-oriented approaches to respond to the diversity of people with mental health issues, to people in different life circumstances and at different ages and stages of life.

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