Acute mental health service delivery to Indigenous women: What is known?

Patricia Bradley, Sandra Dunn, Anne Lowell, Tricia Nagel

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    The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses directs that mental health nurses must 'enable cultural safety in practice, taking into account age, gender, spirituality, ethnicity and health values'. The present study is a review of the existing literature undertaken in order to identify current knowledge and knowledge gaps regarding the experience of Indigenous women in acute mental health inpatient facilities. In particular, studies that identified environments and practices promoting the development of culturally-safe healing spaces for Indigenous women, and studies that identified women's experience of seclusion, were sought. The results showed that there is little literature directly relevant to Indigenous women's experiences of inpatient mental health units in Australia. The present study consolidates existing knowledge and knowledge gaps, and advances the argument for gender-disaggregated future research. Implications for professional practice and service development are also noted.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)471-477
    Number of pages7
    JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


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