The centrality of culture and
wellbeing to promoting good mental health in Indigenous
communities is widely acknowledged and has been
recognised in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Health Plan.
Traditional healers and cultural healing
practices play a fundamental role in nurturing the emotional and
social wellbeing of Aboriginal communities. Aboriginal culture
is a resilience-building, preventative health measure.
Poor mental health and social and
emotional wellbeing issues contribute significantly to the life
expectancy gap for Aboriginal people. The historical legacy,
intergenerational suffering, chronic stress, contemporary trauma
and loss, and disadvantage, particularly in education, all
contribute to poor mental and physical health and chronic
The key aims are the recognition of
Aboriginal knowledge and cultural understanding in health and
the promotion of wellbeing and positive mental health for
Aboriginal young people across a range of settings.
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education) and Dean of the School of
Indigenous Studies, Professor Jill Milroy will lead the work in this area.