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1 Gay Foster Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Office Project Manager MH-CYP March 2014 INDIGENOUS EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP ELEMENT 2 MENTAL HEALTH DRUG & ALCOHOL SERVICES (IECD NP E2 MHDAS)  Brief Update on the MHDAS Initiative  A Personal Journey Tammy Sampson – Aboriginal MH Trainee Mid North Coast LHD – Coffs Harbour

2 Where the Journey Began..... Closing The Gap Healthy strong babies Early childhood education Completing school Health Employment Living standards Life expectancy

3 IECD MHDAS Initiative in NSW  10 Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Services (MHDAS) in partnership with and co located in selected Aboriginal Maternal & Infant Health Services (AMIHS) state-wide.  MHDAS aims are; o Increased access for Aboriginal pregnant women, their partners, families and community members to integrated perinatal care at this critical time o To strengthen the structures, processes and procedures that support this access and care

4 Who Provides MHDAS?  10 MHDAS Programs have been funded in 9 Local Health Districts (LHDs) o 10 FTE mental health clinicians o 10 FTE drug & alcohol clinicians  7 of the 9 participating LHDs are funded to support an Aboriginal mental health or drug & alcohol traineeship o 2 FTE Aboriginal mental health trainees o 6 FTE Aboriginal drug & alcohol trainees

5 IECD NP E2 AMIHS/MHDAS Locations

6  Partnerships  Community engagement and cultural safety  Holistic approach based on the social determinants of health providing a service that is culturally safe and respectful  Aboriginal Community Focus Groups  MHDAS Tool Kit  Social Marketing Campaign  Monitoring, Data Collection and Evaluation  Building capacity in the Aboriginal workforce MHDAS - Integrated perinatal Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Care

7 PARTNERSHIPS

8 ‘Stay Strong and Healthy – It’s Worth It’ (Aboriginal Prenatal Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Campaign) https://www.facebook.com/StayStrongAndHealthy posters.html Aboriginal Prenatal Social Marketing Campaign

9 ‘Stay Strong and Healthy – It's Worth It’ Resources

10 Aboriginal Traineeships – Why? Investing in traineeships to build the capacity of the Aboriginal Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol workforce has proven to be a valuable and effective model as reflected in MHDAS

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14 Photo Acknowledgements: National Library of Australia nla.pic-vn v F Iconotec Stock Photography Royalty Free Photograph; Maternity Services Unit/ Maternity, Children and Young People's Health Branch/NSW Department of Health. GenerationOne. Questions Gay Foster Project Manager IECD NP E2 MHDAS MH-CYP MHDAO NSW Health (02)


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