Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs

Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs has a key role in the development of knowledge and skills within the Alcohol and Drug (AOD), mental health and broader human services sector to work in culturally secure ways through workforce development initiatives and to contribute to a skilled Aboriginal workforce.  Further roles include the provision of cultural secure consultancy and advice on policy, programs and resources across service areas within the Commission and broader AOD and mental health sectors.

Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs provides:   

Training

Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 50293) who provides culturally secure training programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in the drug and alcohol, mental health and human services sectors. This includes a nationally recognised Certificate III in Community Services (CHC32015) and Certificate IV Alcohol and Other Drugs (CHC43215).

Certificate III in Community Services (CHC32015)

The program is unique and distinct from other training programs and is targeted to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alcohol and Other Drug Workers.  The content is culturally secure and based on evidence-based practice for alcohol and other drugs, particularly as it relates to working with Aboriginal people and communities.  The learning materials and methods have been developed by Aboriginal professionals and relate to an Aboriginal worldview through the introduction of cultural models of practice and ways of working.

Download the expression of interest form here.

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (CHC43215)

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs is a culturally secure training program and is designed for Aboriginal Alcohol and Other Drug Workers. It will build on knowledge and skills in responding to drug and alcohol issues and related harms in Aboriginal communities. In addition the training will provide further knowledge and skills responding to mental health and co-occurring issues.

Download the expression of interest form here.

Contact the Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs on (08) 655 30600 or email sssmap@mhc.wa.gov.au for more information.

Way of Working with Aboriginal People

This two part whole day program focuses on introducing participants to working with Aboriginal people. Anyone within the AOD and MH sectors working with Aboriginal people is encouraged to attend.

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Quitline Aboriginal Liaison Team (QALT)

QALT is funded under Quitline Enhancements, as a part of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) programme and forms part of Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs.

QALT’s roles include:

  • Ensuring cultural security of Quitline services,
  • Promoting Quitline services to Aboriginal peoples and services used by Aboriginal peoples, in all areas of Western Australia,
  • Providing training in brief intervention and referral processes,
  • In conjunction with communities, creation of branded resources, and promotional materials,
  • Development and distribution of Tobacco Free brochures, booklets, posters, and promotional materials

QALT works collaboratively with Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) across WA, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs), AHCWA, ACOSH, other health service providers such as WACHS, Population Health and Footprints to Better Health programs (FBH). We service the whole of Western Australia.

What support do Aboriginal Quitline counsellors offer?

  • A private and confidential yarning service
  • Listen to the person’s story and yarn about their journey
  • Provide support and strategies to quit or cut down
  • Help develop a plan, and provide follow up and support for as long as needed
  • Provide links to local services

Resources

We produce a range of culturally secure resources for Aboriginal people covering a range of mental health, alcohol and other drug topics. These resources can be downloaded from here or ordered through this link.

This also includes a range of culturally secure QALT resources produced by the Quitline Aboriginal Liaison Team. 

Strong Spirit Strong Mind Metro Project 

The Strong Spirit Strong Mind Metro Project aims to raise awareness of the harms associated with alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues among Aboriginal people, families and communities in the Perth Metropolitan area. The project focuses on young people aged 12 to 25 years and encourages Aboriginal people to develop the knowledge, and attitudes to choose healthy lifestyles, promote healthy environments and create safer communities.

Project activities include the development of:

  • prevention campaign 
  • an Aboriginal Youth Network Group 
  • targeted AOD strategies for Aboriginal young people

For more information on the Metro Project, please contact the Community Programs team on Communityprograms@mhc.wa.gov

Events

Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs, along with the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee, facilitate the commemoration of significant cultural dates and events within the Mental Health Commission. Some of these include:

  • Sorry Day
  • National Reconciliation Week
  • NAIDOC Week

Please check back for more up-to-date information.

Aboriginal dates of significance

MHC Aboriginal Advisory Group

The purpose of the Mental Health Commission (MHC) Aboriginal Advisory Group is to provide culturally secure consultation and advice on programs, resources, campaigns, workforce development initiatives, evaluation and research produced by the MHC.

Aboriginal people are a key priority area of the MHC with cultural security underpinning MHC’s values. Strong Spirit Strong Mind promotes the uniqueness of Aboriginal culture as a central strength in guiding efforts to manage and reduce alcohol and other drug related harm in Aboriginal communities. Strong Spirit Strong Mind guides cultural security and is the key concept and program that underpins all of the work of the MHC.  

The establishment of an Aboriginal Advisory Group within the MHC acknowledges the cultural expertise of Aboriginal staff across directorates to support and contribute to MHC’s core business to embed Aboriginal ways of working.  The membership of the group includes all Aboriginal workers in the MHC (including Next Step and Drug Alcohol Youth Service).

Aboriginal Cultural Protocols Policy

Events organised under the control of the Mental Health Commission will reference this policy to ensure appropriate Aboriginal Cultural protocols will be practised and observed. Click here to read the policy.