New MHCC Resource: Collaborating with First Nations People to Enhance Wellbeing
Posted on: 28th July 2020
MHCC is pleased to release its Guide to Culturally Safe Practice when working with Australia’s First Nations People.
The Guide is a particularly valuable resource at a time when First Nations people in Australia are highlighting the need to end discrimination and improve access to services.
The handy two-page resource was developed to assist mental health and human service organisations to better support the wellbeing of Aboriginal people and to encourage respectful, collaborative relationships with other community organisations.
Topics include the importance of acknowledging history, listening and communicating sensitively, effective outreach, creating welcoming environments, aiming for a representative workforce and removing barriers to service engagement.
To develop the Guide, MHCC undertook a co-design and consultation process, working alongside organisations such as Weave Youth and Community Services, the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council, Penrith Women’s Centre and the Agency for Clinical Innovation.
The Guide is informed by this collaborative consultation process, outlined in a Literature Scoping Review and Consultation Report.
MHCC hopes this Guide can assist your organisation to collaborate more respectfully, equitably and meaningfully with First Nations people and communities in your region.