Here and Now Aboriginal Assessment (HANAA): a follow-up survey of users

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Objectives: To explore users’ views of, and experience with, the Here and Now Aboriginal Assessment (HANAA), an instrument developed for screening social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) in Aboriginal adults. Over the last few
years the HANAA has been widely disseminated across Australia.
Methods: All those on our database who had requested the HANAA package were contacted by email and invited to participate in the evaluation by completing an online survey.
Results: A total of 38 responses were received; the response rate was 36%. All 10 HANAA domains were highly rated by respondents; the overall mean score was 8.3/10. Each domain was assessed using a dichotomous scale of ‘problem’
or ‘no problem’ which respondents rated as being very useful; the mean score was 8.4/10. The mean score for the ‘recommendation’ section at the end of the HANAA was 7.2/10.
Conclusions: Respondents reported a high level of utility and cultural applicability of the HANAA’s assessment domains, semi-structured narrative style of administration and simple rating system. The HANAA is making a useful
and practical contribution to the assessment of Aboriginal SEWB at a community level. Recommendations for future work on the HANAA include consideration of addition of a personality domain and development of a child and adolescent version.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-289
Number of pages2
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


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