Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) is committed to closing the gap in health outcomes between Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people.
In NSW, Aboriginal people score worse on all indicators of social and economic disadvantage, all of which are pre-determinates of mental health issues and substance abuse.
The SNSWLHD Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan is designed to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes for local Aboriginal people and families. It reflects the knowledge, experiences, and priorities of Southern’s communities and our commitment to providing culturally safe, trauma-informed, and better-connected care.
The plan has been developed with Aboriginal staff and consumers, and in partnership with local Aboriginal health services. It aligns with NSW Health’s state-wide Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020-2025.
This is the first time the District has a focused, strategic direction for the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.