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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing


Action Plan

Proud and Strong. An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing Action Plan for Queensland. Read more

Measuring social and emotional wellbeing

Creating indicators for social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and substance use. Read more

National Empowerment Project

Cultural, social and emotional wellbeing in Cherbourg & Kuranda. Read more

Townsville: Access to services in the community

The need for a 24 hour access to health services focused on suicide prevention. Read more

Gayaa Dhuwi Declaration

A framework for Indigenous leadership in mental health and suicide prevention. Read more

What is social and emotional wellbeing?

Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders have understood social and emotional wellbeing for thousands of years. It is an intricate part of cultural practices, spiritual belief and connections to land and sea.

Social and emotional wellbeing encompasses not only the wellbeing individuals but also the wellbeing of communities and families, reflecting a holistic understanding of life and health which includes physical health, mental health and cultural, spiritual and social wellbeing.

Why is social and emotional wellbeing important?

Social and emotional wellbeing affects the everyday lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders, their families and the community.

It influences a wide range of life outcomes including educational outcomes, employment and economic participation, physical health and mental health.

Social and emotional wellbeing is a significant protective factor against the worst impacts of stressful life events and has enabled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders to endure historical and present day hardships and adversity. It is also a protective factor against some mental illnesses, suicide and problematic alcohol and other drug use and supports recovery.


Last updated 25 November 2016


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