Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing during the Evolving COVID-19 Pandemic: An Issues Paper

Pat Dudgeon, Jemma Collova, Stewart Sutherland, Kate Derry, Helen Milroy, Fadwa Al Yaman, Joanna Alexi, Jeffrey Ansloos, Sasha Banjavcic-Booker, Marlee Bower, Tracey Brand, Lilon Bandler, Tom Brideston, Tom Calma, Megan Campbell, Ee Pin Chang, Adele Cox, Gemma Daniels, Leilani Darwin, Richelle DouglasBelinda Duarte, Danielle Dyall, Vanessa Edwige, Paul Gibson, Nicola Gotovac, Joanne Goulding, Samuel Harley, Shraddha Kashyap, Anna-Louise Kimpton, Charlee Law, Stacy Leavens, Carolyn Mascall, Tahnee McBean, Annmarie McLeod, Vicki McKenna, Rob McPhee, Gayle Morse, Kim Mulholland, Kristen Orazi, Patricia Pearce, Lance Reilly, Ian Ring, Belle Selkirk, Peter Smith, Paul Stewart, Jo Thitchener, Moana Waitoki, Maxine Walker, Richard Weston, Michael Wright

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Abstract

In December 2021, a national virtual Roundtable was held to discuss the continuing and evolving impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB). This Report represents the voices of 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and allies from across Australia, and with international representation from Aotearoa - New Zealand, Turtle Island (USA), and Canada, who convened as part of the Roundtable. Attendees included mental health and SEWB experts, community leaders, academics, service providers, and representatives from the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector. In this report, we identify five key mental health and SEWB issues arising from the pandemic. In doing so, we consider the actions to effectively address these issues and support health and healing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe University of Western Australia
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Publication statusPublished - 2022

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