Mental health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults
July 2019 - June 2023
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health program provides treatment and support to Aboriginal adults experiencing, or at risk of, mild to moderate mental health and wellbeing concerns.
The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) delivers the program, which operates though a social and emotional wellbeing model, and client-directed, strengths-based care.
Clinicians provide one-on-one treatment to support clients through various culturally appropriate and trauma-informed psychological interventions.
Care coordinators also support clients, assisting them to connect to other services, such as legal support, allied health, housing, alcohol and other drug services, Centrelink, child protection, financial counselling and advice, food security and emergency supports, to improve their health.
This program ensures access to culturally safe mental health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NWMPHN region.
VAHS is a trusted provider who submits narrative and data reports for evaluation, and engages in quality improvement activities to ensure the program’s continued success.