Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Improving mental health and wellbeing among Aboriginal communities

    7/08/2018 9:00 AM
     
    • $1 million of funding for the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia to help empower Aboriginal communities to improve their health and wellbeing
    • Training for the Family Wellbeing Project is now being rolled out across WA

    As the Family Wellbeing Project enters its next phase, Aboriginal communities across Western Australia are receiving training from the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia to deliver the program to help improve mental health and wellbeing.

     

    The Family Wellbeing Project is the first program of its kind in Western Australia and aims to empower Aboriginal individuals, families and community organisations to take greater control over their lives, and fully participate in the community to help improve their health and wellbeing.

     

    Death by suicide is a major cause of early death in Aboriginal people. In 2016, the death by suicide rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians was more than three and a half times the rate of non-indigenous Australians.

     

    The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia is currently training Aboriginal Medical Services, Aboriginal workers and community members in the Central Desert region to build their capacity to take ownership, so they can go on to deliver the Family Wellbeing Project in their own communities.

     

    More training is taking place in the Perth metropolitan region in August, with training expected to be completed in the Central Desert, Perth metropolitan, South-West and the Goldfields regions by the end of the year.

     

    By the end of 2019, it is expected the Pilbara, Kimberley and Murchison/Gascoyne regions will all have received training, so the program can then be delivered on a local level, by local people, across the State.

     

    For support, call beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for 24/7 free counselling or Lifeline in a crisis situation on 13 11 14.

     

    Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:

     

    "It gives me great satisfaction to see this program progress to the next phase. Delivering programs like this locally is important because it is those who are on the ground that understand the issues facing their communities best, and can provide input into how to best address those particular issues.

     

    "As the first program of its kind in Western Australia, I am proud to be part of a State Government that supports initiatives to help Aboriginal individuals, families and community organisations improve their health and wellbeing.

     

    "I look forward to seeing this program continue to progress as we work toward increasing the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people across Western Australia."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6500