Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice is a very valuable resource.
“Designed for practitioners and mental health workers, as well as students training to be mental health workers, I am confident that the publication of Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice marks a watershed in the treatment of Indigenous mental health issues.” Tom Calma, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
“Working Together’ was a collaboration between the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER), the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Kulunga Research Network, funded through the Department of Health and Ageing and is available at the Conference.
The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research is committed to working in partnership with researchers and Aboriginal communities and organisations to identify and address the social determinants that impact Aboriginal health and wellbeing. The Kulunga Research Network vision is to empower Aboriginal people, families and communities to control their own health futures. For this reason Kulunga is committed to engaging in and promoting initiatives such as ‘Working Together’ designed to improve Aboriginal Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing outcomes. An order form is available online: http://www.ichr.uwa.edu.au/kulunga/working_together
The National Relay Service (NRS) is a phone solution for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment.
The NRS can help people have good phone conversations with less misunderstanding and repetition. NRS users can keep in touch with friends and family. It also allows them to get things done, such as make appointments and business calls.
Relay calls cost about the same as a local call. NRS users can ring anyone from anywhere in Australia, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In an emergency, NRS users can contact police, fire and ambulance through the relay service.
The service uses relay officers who are the central link in every call, relaying exactly what is said or typed. Training for potential NRS users is free. Free information sessions and resources are also available for health, community and disability service professionals and support workers.