In 2017, WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) commissioned Richmond Wellbeing and their consortia partners to deliver the Aboriginal Integrated Systems of Care (AISC) activity in Perth South and Perth North Primary Health Networks (PHNs) from April 2017 to June 2018.
Richmond Wellbeing, in collaboration with consortium partners, conducted a number of community workshops across Perth South and Perth North PHNs to inform the development of an integrated system of care program to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people experiencing problematic mental health and alcohol and other drug (AOD) use.
The Richmond Wellbeing AISC engagement team conducted outreach into communities to listen to community members’ experiences, concerns, issues and ideas regarding problematic mental health and AOD use in the community. Richmond Wellbeing heard from community members who experienced these issues themselves, and from people who are carers, families, friends and supporters of people experiencing problematic AOD and mental health issues.
AOD/MH and other service providers in the area were also contacted by Richmond Wellbeing to gather information on issues and concerns of the organisations. Ideas on ways to provide better access to services for vulnerable and disadvantaged community members and better integrate AOD and mental health services were discussed in this engagement process.
Feedback from the local community was collated into the below reports to provide themes for place-based co-design workshops attended by local community members and service providers working together on solutions to address these issues.
The reports will continue to be a valuable way that WAPHA will ensure our approach to commissioning mental health and AOD services are culturally responsive and meet the needs of the Aboriginal community.
Aboriginal Integrated Systems of Care reports