Aboriginal Wellbeing

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

Work included collaborative research in the development and/or evaluation of culturally appropriate projects.

Stayin’ on Track and Go4Fun

Guided by its Aboriginal Advisory Committee, the CRRMH has collaborated in the development of culturally appropriate projects such as ‘Stayin’ on Track’ to support young Aboriginal men manage the life change of becoming a father and ‘Go4Fun’ to promote healthy lifestyles for children.  Stayin’on Track aimed 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 received a smartphone mood assessment and information, as well as follow-up support directly from community leaders and project facilitators.

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.

We Yarn

We-Yarn workshops were developed and delivered by the staff of the Good SPACE program, part of the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health at the University of Newcastle. The Good SPACE program (previously known as Farm-Link) provided training to improve the level of skills and resources available to support people experiencing mental distress in rural communities, mainly through Suicide Prevention Skills Workshops (SPSWs). In 2015, in response to high numbers of suicides amongst Aboriginal communities within the Good SPACE program’s target region, Good SPACE staff were approached to deliver an intervention to support Aboriginal communities in recognising, responding to, and preventing suicides. In consultation with local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, elders and community representatives, the SPSW was adapted into a culturally relevant suicide prevention program and was named We-Yarn and rolled out in rural New South Wales.  We-Yarn Evaluation Report

We-Yarn Suicide Awareness & Prevention Workshop held on Bundjalung country at Minyon Falls.


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