PACFA and our College of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices (CATSIHP) welcome the release of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2021-2031.
We welcome the plan’s emphasis on trauma-aware healing informed approaches, and its culturally grounded and strengths-based foundations.
We also welcome the plan’s key priorities including social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention, and investment in the health workforce. These priorities are aligned with CATSIHP’s aims, values, terms of reference, and the newly developed Indigenous Healing Practice Training Standards.
The plan is the policy framework for improved health and wellbeing outcomes for First Nations people over the next decade. The plan was developed in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and federal, state, and territory governments.
Indigenous Healing Practitioners, therapists working with First Nations clients and organisations, and members of the College of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices should view the health plan for details of the framework.
Enquiries regarding the Indigenous Healing Practice Training Standards may be directed to the CATSIHP Project officer: [email protected]
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