Tools and methodologies for investigating the mental health needs of indigenous patients: it's about communication

Eley, Diann and Hunter, Keith and Young, Louise and Baker, Peter and Hunter, Ernest and Hannah, Dominique (2006) Tools and methodologies for investigating the mental health needs of indigenous patients: it's about communication. Australasian Psychiatry, 14 (1). pp. 33-37. ISSN 1039-8562

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Abstract

Objective: To undertake a needs analysis to determine the quality and effectiveness of current mental health services to Indigenous patients within a health district of Southern Queensland. The present study focused on identifying gaps in the service provision for Indigenous patients. Tools and methodologies were developed to achieve this. Method: Before commencement of the needs analysis, a review of related national projects was completed. The needs analysis entailed the development and distribution of two separate questionnaires. A major priority of the questionnaire for Indigenous patients was ensuring that effective communication and cultural respect was achieved. A steering committee of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous experts collaborated on this. The second questionnaire was for employees of the mental health service. Both questionnaires were designed to provide a balanced perspective of current mental health service needs for Indigenous people within the mental health service. Results: The predominant issue that emerged and underpinned all the results was communication. Conclusions: The present study has developed and used procedures for undertaking research involving Indigenous people. It has shown the importance of involving Indigenous people to help ensure successful communication, compliance and cooperation by Indigenous mental health patients.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Citation: Eley, Diann and Hunter, Keith and Young, Louise and Baker, Peter and Hunter, Ernest and Hunter, Dominique (2006) Tools and methodologies for investigating the mental health needs of Indigenous patients: it's about communication. Australian Psychiatry 14(1):33-37. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1665.2006.02235.x Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing. All rights reserved.
Depositing User: Mrs Erin Bowly
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:37
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; communication; cultural awareness; Indigenous Australians; mental health; Queensland
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1249

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