Developing a Mental Health Management Plan for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Patient

This is the second module in a series of four developed by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) to support health professional in improving knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health care to achieve better outcomes. Module 2 contains chapters on the following:

  • Developing a mental health management plan
  • Collaboration with the patient
  • Importance of ATSI mental health workers
  • Other factors to consider
  • A note about language and communication
  • Enhancing your knowledge
  • Exploring attitude, behaviours and communication using two case studies
  • Extra Reading
  • Learning Outcomes

“If you can create an environment of respect and space and get feedback and contribution from other people, then it is a good plan.”

“The nature of the relationship is an aligned partnership rather than a hierarchical one. There has to be significant trust from both, and clear lines of access between both.”