Engaging Indigenous people in mental health services in Australia

Timothy A. Carey, Dennis R. McDermott

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


    Engaging with Indigenous Australians through appropriate and effective mental health services is an urgent imperative in Australia. The health status of Indigenous Australians lags unacceptably behind other Australians on almost every aspect of health, including mental health. For mental health, however, even the relevance of the concept as the basis of an effective praxis, has been questioned. In this chapter, we provide a historical context for rates of contemporary mental distress two to three times non-Indigenous Australian rates. Our analysis next addresses the role of pertinent social determinants, including racism, and details the profound effects of a yet-ongoing colonisation. We highlight the important role that trauma plays in the mental health of Indigenous Australians and situate mental health within the broader context of Indigenous community well-being. We conclude by suggesting strategies for mental health services to become more effective, culturally safe places with which Indigenous Australians would want to engage.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health
    EditorsRoss G. White, David M.R. Orr, Sumeet Jain, Ursula M. Read
    Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Electronic)9781137395108
    ISBN (Print)9781137395092
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2017


    Dive into the research topics of 'Engaging Indigenous people in mental health services in Australia'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this