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Aboriginal Wellbeing Research

Aboriginal wellbeing is a key area of the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health’s translational research activities.

Current work includes collaborative research in the development and/or evaluation of culturally appropriate projects, as follows:

Stayin’ on Track
The CRRMH has collaborated in the development of culturally appropriate projects such as ‘Stayin’ on Track’. This project aims to support young Aboriginal men manage the life change of becoming a father and is focused on the experiences of young Aboriginal dads in Moree, Tamworth and Newcastle. The project participants receive a smartphone mood assessment and information, as well as follow-up support directly from community leaders and project facilitators.

CRRMH researchers have contributed to the ‘Stayin’ on Track: Young Aboriginal Fathers Project’, which is led by Prof Richard Fletcher at the University of Newcastle Family Action Centre, including a literature review.

We-Yarn Suicide Prevention Workshops
CRRMH researchers are working on the evaluation of the We-Yarn suicide prevention workshop for Aboriginal communities.

Act-Belong-Commit Community Wellbeing Program
Our research also seeks to learn from pilot projects, such as our Act-Belong-Commit Community Wellbeing Program, to enable their sustainability and potential launching of Act-Belong-Commit campaigns in other rural sites in NSW.

The Orange Aboriginal Medical Service Youth Access Project
The CRRMH is a collaborator in a study into the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service (OAMS) Youth Access Project, along with OAMS and researchers from the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University. The project aims to improve access and service delivery within OAMS for Aboriginal young people by providing an evidence base to inform service level changes and the development of an OAMS Youth Program.

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