Australian Indigenous Mental Health


Welcome to the Australian Indigenous Mental Health site. This site has been developed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and beyondblue: the national depression initiative.

We have created this site to support the work of health professionals in improving knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait mental health issues and to achieve better outcomes.




The dance of life

It is important to develop an understanding of Indigenous mental health from an Indigenous perspective. The Dance of Life model combines paintings, narrative, theory and existing evidence in a framework to assist practitioners in understanding the complexities in Indigenous mental health.

The dance of life painting is the last in a series depicting a multi-dimensional model of health and wellbeing from an Aboriginal perspective. Read more 


Dance of Life

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