The Closing the Gap Social and Emotional Wellbeing Policy Partnership – Meeting 1 Communique has been released, along with an Agreement to Implement Policy Partnership.
The first meeting of the Closing the Gap Social and Emotional Wellbeing Policy Partnership was held on 30-31 March 2023 on Kaurna country in Adelaide. At this meeting partners agreed that a refresh of the Social and Emotional Wellbeing Framework was of critical importance and will be the primary focus of the next meeting being held in July.
The endorsed ‘Agreement to Implement’ (the formal document that establishes the terms of reference for the Partnership) under The National Agreement on Closing is available online along with the communique from the first meeting.
The purpose of this Agreement is to establish a mechanism for the Parties to develop a joined-up approach to drive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led outcomes in social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention.
The Partnership brings together First Nations and Government members to accelerate action to improve Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) and Mental Health outcomes and reduce Suicide rates.
The primary function of the SEWB Policy Partnership is to make recommendations to Joint Council to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people achieve the highest attainable standard of social and emotional wellbeing, improve mental health outcomes, and reduce suicide rates.
Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia’s vision is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership, excellence, and presence across all parts of the Australian mental health system and the achievement of the highest attainable standard of social and emotional wellbeing, mental health, and suicide prevention outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.