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Gayaa Dhuwi

The Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration provides a framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership in mental health and suicide prevention.

Gayaa Dhuwi is a companion declaration to the Wharerātā Declaration.

Gayaa Dhuwi was launched by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH) on 27 August 2015.

At the request of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing leaders, in Queensland, we played a role in the development and promotion of the Gayaa Dhuwi.

Our shared aim was to:

  • create an environment where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and communities can advocate for the principles of the declaration
  • support the Queensland Government to value the presence and visibility of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership across all parts of the system.

The Gayaa Dhuwi is acknowledged in:

  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing Action Plan 2016–18
  • Queensland Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Strategy 2016–2021.

Both of these documents recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership is a key principle for improving social and emotional wellbeing.

Pledge support

Organisations and individuals can pledge support for Gayaa Dhuwi as a first step in:

  • supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership in mental health and suicide prevention
  • helping close the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing gap.