First Nations Women standing together

17 January 2024 posted by Recovery Partners

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are to be advised that this blog post may contain images of deceased people.

We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are on. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and celebrate the diversity of First Nations people and their ongoing cultures and connections to the lands and waters of Australia.

The festive season and the beginning of the New Year often evoke a range of thoughts and feelings. This time marks a period of reflection and renewal, emphasising the importance of prioritising our health and wellbeing. According to the World Health Organisation, “every human being has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health”. This however hasn’t been the case for First Nations people. Throughout history, First Nations people have faced systemic barriers that have denied access to adequate healthcare services and have created health disparity. To address these inequalities, it is crucial that health and wellbeing services for First Nations People respect cultural diversity, promote community engagement and meet their needs.

The National Agreement on Closing the Gap is working towards addressing inequalities that exist and finding suitable solutions to ensure that First Nations people achieve life outcomes that are equal to all Australians. It details specific targets and outcomes that address current health inequalities including implementing systems that work towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people enjoying long and healthy lives and their children being born healthy and strong.

While substantial work remains ahead in bridging the gap, we have compiled a comprehensive list of the best healthcare and wellbeing services and resources available for First Nations people. 

ACT Services 

At Recovery Partners we believe it is important to create and maintain a work environment where employees not only feel supported but their health and wellbeing are looked after. Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a service you can offer your employees that provides them with free, confidential counselling conducted by a registered psychologist.

Giving your employees the opportunity to access our EAP in times of emotional hardship will support them to address any personal or work-related issues that may be impacting on their mental health and ability to work at full capacity.

Support your First Nations employees by providing them with our FREE HEALTH AND WELLBEING SERVICES STATE GUIDE FOR FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE

Recovery Partners also provides a variety of services, including:

SafeMinds – an innovative workplace training program that draws from the latest research in behavioural science and psychology, focusing on best practices.

Psychological services – a wide range of professional services provided by licensed psychologists and other mental health professionals to support individuals in addressing emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges

Reminder: If stress is significantly affecting your daily life and wellbeing, consider seeking professional help from a counsellor or psychologist. They can provide valuable guidance and healthy coping strategies. 

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Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/