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Free resources to support NAIDOC Week

In acknowledgement of NAIDOC Week (4 - 11 July 2021), we have put together a list of free-to-access online resources to support practitioners in achieving better health outcomes for First Nations people. We encourage practitioners to share with this resource with their networks.

In support of all First Nations people, their communities, and their collective social and emotional wellbeing, MHPN have compiled a list of some of our free-to-access online resources for all practitioners. These resources can assist practitioners in achieving better health outcomes for all First Nations people through increased awareness of interdisciplinary collaborative care that is culturally responsive.These resources aim to provide an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to the issues, strategies, techniques, and key considerations practitioners can use to support better outcomes for First Nations people who are seeking services or support in primary care contexts.

MHPN's online professional development webinar program has covered various topics related to the systems and healthcare practices to support cultural responsiveness among practitioners when working with First Nations people and communities. All MHPN webinars are live streamed and free to attend; practitioners can access the live recordings of all past webinars through the MHPN webinar library. 

To help you get started, we've included links to our top webinars on the topic below, and we encourage you to access each webinar for links to additional materials (case studies, panel bios, etc): 

  • 'Supporting the social and emotional well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in crisis' In this webinar, our panel discuss the importance of a collaborative approach to supporting the wellbeing of young First Nations people. The panel provide tips and strategies for developing appropriate referral pathways to prevent crisis and provide early intervention. Participants will gain an understanding of the key principles involved in providing an integrated approach in the early identification psychological distress amongst First Nations youth and identifies the challenges of, and strategies behind implementing interdisciplinary collaborative care. 
  • 'Do you have what it takes to engage with Indigenous people?' Our interdisciplinary panel identify challenges, tips and strategies for working with First Nations people through a case-based discussion. The panel unpacks understandings of contemporary Australia (social, scientific and political environment) and describe how practice and discourse around boundaries can inform the design, delivery, and outcomes of healthcare practices for First Nations people. The webinar also explores commonalities between First Nations and non-Indigenous people, and provide tips on how practitioners might respectfully draw on shared experiences in therapeutic work.
  • 'Aboriginal children and the effects of intergenerational trauma' This webinar, produced in collaboration with Emerging Minds, describes the effects of intergenerational trauma on First Nations children and families, The webinar outlines the current research on the importance of cultural competence in First Nations and non-Indigenous services so that First Nations children and their families receive appropriate, effective, and culturally responsive support. Our panel also discusses examples of organisational and individual practice that has built trust and collaboration within communities and led to positive outcomes.
  • 'Culturally Responsive Health Care for Older Australians' This is the final in a series of three webinars focusing on older Australians, presented by MHPN in partnership with all 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs). This webinar discusses the relationship between culturally diverse social and emotional wellbeing beliefs and aging related issues, and examine how this interplay impacts treatment and support sought by older people. Through a facilitated discussion, panellists provide practical tips and strategies to engage in recovery oriented, culturally responsive conversations with older people from CALD backgrounds. They provide a deeper understanding of the role different disciplines, faith based groups and community services play in providing care for older people and as a result improve referral pathways.


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