Information for /
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

The Tribunal considers cultural information to be an essential element of any review for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients. The clinical reports required to be prepared by a patient’s treating team ahead of a scheduled review contain provision for information to be included about a person’s cultural background. If a person identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, the treating team (including an Indigenous Mental Health Worker or Cultural Support Worker) should complete that section of the clinical report.

The types of information that may be relevant include:

  • community of origin
  • cultural identity
  • languages spoken
  • cultural and spiritual beliefs
  • family and kinship dynamics
  • grief and loss or sorry business
  • men’s and women’s business
  • cultural strengths

This information should be included in the cultural information section. Any support available in a patient’s community to help with their recovery may also be included. Information about a patient’s preference not to identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person or engage with the available cultural supports may also be provided to the Tribunal.

Information about a person’s cultural beliefs and background can also be included in a self report completed by the patient themselves.

Yarning Sessions

Yarning Sessions are an informal gathering for support people to gain knowledge of the Tribunal, their rights and actions they can take to assist a patient. The objective of yarning sessions is to bring together support people that have similar experiences to learn about the Mental Health Review Tribunal and have a yarn. The sessions allow the participants to gain knowledge and information about the Mental Health Review Tribunal processes including a person’s rights at hearings and what can be done to support. Yarning Sessions involve small groups of people (3-8pax) with an Indigenous facilitator from the Mental Health Review Tribunal explaining the terms used under the Mental Health Act 2016 and the roles the support person will have at a Mental Health Review Tribunal hearing. Yarning sessions also provide the opportunity for support people to discuss, share information and experiences and ask questions in an informal setting.

 

General Resources

Title Date File Size File Type
Information Sheet – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 25/3/2019 748.14KB .pdf
Information Sheet – Yarning Session 25/3/2019 746.36KB .pdf

Health Worker Resources

Title Date File Size File Type
Information Sheet – Cultural Information Section 25/3/2019 737.95KB .pdf
Checklist - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 25/3/2019 839.81KB .pdf