How can Indigenous Mental Health Workers assist?

The Indigenous Mental Health Worker (IMHW) provides culturally sensitive social, emotional and spiritual well-being support within a primary health care framework to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a mental illness. This includes direct care co-ordination and support to the patient, their families and community.

The IMHW is a member of a mental health multi-disciplinary team which provides co-case management, advice on social and cultural aspects of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, including social and emotional wellbeing.

IMHWs at Authorised Mental Health Services can play a key role in the hearing process for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients by providing culturally appropriate support. They are ideally placed to support the patient before, during and after the hearing by providing education about the Tribunal process, encouraging patient attendance at their hearing and assisting the patient to understand Tribunal decisions.