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IMH5003 Culturally Appropriate Intervention Strategies in Indigenous Mental Health

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges


Pre-requisite: IMH5001


The course emphasises the burden of mental illness Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, with a review of typical and atypical symptoms. It goes on to examine culturally appropriate interventions in relation to major issues such as substance abuse and dependence, suicide, psychotic disorders, anxiety and depression. Thus the core of the course is a critique of culturally appropriate intervention strategies, or 'right way' approach, in alleviating the suffering of Indigenous clients. In this context, participants will be exposed to ethical and culturally sensitive strategies for establishing a relationship, the formal assessment process (in collaboration with Indigenous Mental Health or Health workers), pre-interview procedures, appropriate interviewing techniques, potential interview issues, taking client history, interview assessment, summary and follow-up management options. In keeping with the developmental theme of this program, participants will be encouraged to reflect that in no other area of medicine/health is how they work, define and manage disorders so much influenced by cultural factors, as it is in mental health.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2011 External