Listening, sharing understanding and facilitating consumer, family and community empowerment through a priority driven partnership in Far North Queensland

Haswell-Elkins, Melissa, Reilly, Lyndon, Fagan, Ruth, Ypinazar, Valmae, Hunter, Ernest, Tsey, Komla, Gibson, Victor, Connolly, Brian, Laliberte, Arlene, Wargent, Rachael, Gibson, Teresa, Saunders, Vicki, McCalman, Janya and Kavanagh, David (2009) Listening, sharing understanding and facilitating consumer, family and community empowerment through a priority driven partnership in Far North Queensland. Australasian Psychiatry, 17 Sup. 1: S54-S58. doi:10.1080/10398560902948688


Author Haswell-Elkins, Melissa
Reilly, Lyndon
Fagan, Ruth
Ypinazar, Valmae
Hunter, Ernest
Tsey, Komla
Gibson, Victor
Connolly, Brian
Laliberte, Arlene
Wargent, Rachael
Gibson, Teresa
Saunders, Vicki
McCalman, Janya
Kavanagh, David
Title Listening, sharing understanding and facilitating consumer, family and community empowerment through a priority driven partnership in Far North Queensland
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
1440-1665
Publication date 2009-02
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10398560902948688
Volume 17
Issue Sup. 1
Start page S54
End page S58
Total pages 5
Editor Gary Walter
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
111714 Mental Health
920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health
920413 Social Structure and Health
Formatted abstract
Objectives: This paper provides an example of a mental health research partnership underpinned by empowerment principles that seeks to foster strength among community organizations to support better outcomes for consumers, families and communities. It aims to raise awareness among researchers and service providers that empowerment approaches to assist communities to address mental health problems are not too difficult to be practical but require long-term commitment and appropriate support.

Methods:
A collaborative research strategy that has become known as the Priority Driven Research (PDR) Partnership emerged through literature review, consultations, Family Wellbeing Program delivery with community groups and activities in two discrete Indigenous communities. Progress to date on three of the four components of the strategy is described.

Results: The following key needs were identified in a pilot study and are now being addressed in a research-based implementation phase: (i) gaining two-way understanding of perspectives on mental health and promoting universal awareness; (ii) supporting the empowerment of carers, families, consumers and at-risk groups through existing community organizations to gain greater understanding and control of their situation; (iii) developing pathways of care at the primary health centre level to enable support of social and emotional wellbeing as well as more integrated mental health care; (iv) accessing data to enable an ongoing process of analysis/sharing/planning and monitoring to inform future activity.

Conclusion: One of the key learnings to emerge in this project so far is that
empowerment through partnership becomes possible when there is a concerted effort to strengthen grassroots community organizations. These include social health teams and men’s and women’s groups that can engage local people in an action orientation.
Keyword Aboriginal
Empowerment
Indigenous
Mental health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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Created: Tue, 20 Apr 2010, 16:39:35 EST by Sheila Cleary on behalf of Psychiatry - Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital