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Queensland Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Strategy 2016–2021

Queensland Government; Queensland Health Country Resources Mental Health Strategies and Plans Queensland September 2016 Policy document Indigenous peoples, mental health promotion

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The overarching vision of the Queensland Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Strategy 2016–2021 is elimination of the gap in mental health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders and non-Indigenous Queenslanders.

Queensland Health delivers services predominantly in the treatment of mental illness and drug and alcohol misuse through specialist hospital and community mental health services and drug and alcohol treatment services. Accordingly, the objective of this strategy is to strengthen Queensland Health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders with severe mental illness.

In recognition of the significance of substance misuse as both a risk factor for, and consequence of, mental illness, the strategy aims to enhance drug and alcohol services and programs targeted to Indigenous Queenslanders through four primary action areas: 1. Developing culturally capable mental health services. 2. Connecting healthcare. 3. Partnering for prevention and recovery. 4. Enhancing the evidence base.

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