Journal article

New thinking about old ways: Cultural continuity for improved mental health of young Central Australian Aboriginal men

Joel Liddle, Marcia Langton, James WW Rose, Simon Rice

EARLY INTERVENTION IN PSYCHIATRY | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

Decades of reports and policy have drawn attention to the significant social and occupational impairment of many young Aboriginal men in Central Australia. However, the role of mental ill-health as a contributing factor to this impairment, and culturally appropriate intervention targets have received insufficient attention in the psychiatry literature. Despite having the worst health outcomes of any population in Australia, Aboriginal men chronically underuse primary health care services. It's proposed that interventions ensuring cultural continuity through Identity-strengthening with a particular focus on positive Aboriginal masculinities will address a critical mental health gap for young ..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia


Funding Acknowledgements

This paper acknowledges the importance of desert people, our ancestors and our elders. Our elders today are still the keepers of knowledge from the Altyerre, and they hold stories for the country. We follow in their footsteps. Joel Liddle is supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award and Simon Rice is supported by a Career Development Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (APP1158881) and the Dame Kate Campbell Fellowship from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne. James Rose is supported by a Driving Research Momentum Fellowship from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne.