Abstract: The following review aims to describe aspects of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australian people and elements of the Australian contexts in which they live. A deliberate emphasis is made here to highlight major signposts, research findings and interventions concerning Indigenous people. A number of general and significant trends are identified in this review, but the diversity of Indigenous Australian experiences - both historically and in a contemporary sense - need to be acknowledged, as does its implications in considerations of competent and appropriate service provision. In light of this, the review attempts to distil several considerations, challenges and opportunities for people involved in the area and for those considering more substantial involvement. Indeed, the ability to delineate mental health research and other priorities can be challenging generally in a country such as Australia, with its ethnic diversity, a majority population descended from European settlers and a diverse, heterogeneous Indigenous population. What is clear, however, is that the impact of problems relating to mental health exacts a tremendous burden on many in the Australian population - individually, socially and economically - and the need for clarity in terms of understanding and responses remains important for Indigenous Australian people specifically and the Australian population generally.
Notes: Darren Garvey is an Indigenous professional with experience as a recipient and provider of services aimed at addressing the social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) needs of Indigenous people, and as an academic involved in the training of Indigenous and non-Indigenous professionals in providing such services. Darren's perspective as 'insider' and 'outsider', and his professional interest in the development of a culturally competent workforce contributes to the narrative pursued in the review, and to the interplay of academic, policy and practical concerns.