Evaluation of the Bringing Them Home and Indigenous Mental Health Programs

Evaluation of the Bringing Them Home and Indigenous Mental Health Programs Report

  • Author(s): Wilczynski, A, Reed-Gilbert, K, Milward, K, Tayler, B, Fear, J, Schwartzkoff, J
  • Published: 2007
  • Publisher: Department of Health and Ageing

Abstract: The Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) within the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) commissioned Urbis Keys Young to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the Bringing Them Home (BTH) and Indigenous Mental Health Programs. The evaluation covers four programs: – The Link-Up Program, formally known as the Access to Effective Family Tracing and Reunion Services Program. This program provides a national network of services supporting and assisting Aboriginal people affected by past removal policies in tracing their family history and potentially reuniting them with their families. – The Bringing Them Home (BTH) Program, which provides counselling to individuals, families and communities affected by past practices regarding the forced removal of children from Aboriginal families. – The Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Regional Centre (RC) Program, which funds SEWB RCs around Australia to provide professional support to Link-Up and BTH staff as well as other workers, especially mental health workers, to develop, deliver and purchase training, and to conduct activities to support this including developing cross-sector linkages and maintaining information systems; and – The Mental Health Program, which funds Mental Health Service Delivery Projects in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) nationally to develop and evaluate culturally appropriate approaches to mental health service delivery.

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Wilczynski, A, Reed-Gilbert, K, Milward, K, Tayler, B, Fear, J, Schwartzkoff, J, 2007, Evaluation of the Bringing Them Home and Indigenous Mental Health Programs, Report, viewed 18 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4143.

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