National Indigenous Housing Guide, 3rd ed.

The third edition of the National Indigenous Housing Guide is now available. The Guide is a resource to assist in the design, construction and maintenance of housing for Indigenous people.
The resource is divided into four main parts including safety, health and housing, healthy communities and managing houses for safety and health. The housing requirements of Indigenous Australians living in remote localities are different from other Australians living in the city or in the country. Importantly, the Guide offers expert advice on how to effectively build houses in remote areas.
The Guide is a resource for everybody involved in providing housing to Indigenous people. If you're a builder, tradesperson, housing worker, council member, architect, project manager, or government official working in Indigenous affairs and housing, you will find this resource relevant and useful.
The Guide was developed by the Australian Government together with communities, housing design consultants, builders and architects and health workers and is supported by research and meets technical building standards.
Online version :

Order a hardcopy of National Indigenous Housing Guide by calling 1800 050 009.

Medical labour force 2005 (AIHW)

This report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare presents demographic and labour force statistics on the medical profession in Australia and trends in the number of employed doctors. Information presented includes a national and state/territory overview of the number of medical practitioners, their geographic region and overall supply.

Nursing and midwifery labour force 2005 (AIHW)

This report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare presents statistics on trends in the employment of nurses and midwives in Australia. It is based on the main findings of the 2005 national survey of nursing and midwifery. Information presented includes a national and stat/territory overview of the number and characteristics of nurses and midwives, their geographic region and overall supply.

MoodGYM (Website)

MoodGYM is an interactive program designed to help the user identify whether they are having problems with emotions like anxiety and depression, overcome these problems, and develop good coping skills for the future.
MoodGYM is based on two programs which are successful in preventing and treating depression and anxiety. These are: cognitive behaviour therapy and interpersonal therapy. A therapist's manual for mental health professionals is also available for purchase.

6- six mates, six stories (films on adolescent mental health)

6 short films to help teach life skills for young men, produced by the City of Melville. Issues include self-esteem, sexuality, drink driving, suicide, relationships and crime. Contact Janet Armarego ($33 + $3 postage).

Press release :

Aboriginal Primary Health Care - an evidence-based approach.

Fans of of this landmark book by Sophia Couzos and Richard Murray may like to check out the new 3rd edition, with over 200 new pages, and additional chapters on asthma, respiratory disease, and aboriginal health and history. An essential resource for anyone interested in indigenous health. Oxford University Press, 2008 ARRP $125. ISBN 9780195551389

International Journal of Mental Health Systems

A new free online journal concentrating on mental health system development with a special emphasis on issues of access and equity

Youth mental health

Mental health funding to support youth at risk

Young people at risk of mental health and drug and alcohol problems will
benefit from the establishment of 20 new headspace Communities of Youth
Services centres throughout Australia.
To view the full media release, click on the link below:

The above media release is from the Department of Health and Ageing and describes a new youth mental health initiative.

Drought and Mental health

Australian Family Physician: Vol 36 (12) 2007
Drought and it’s effect on mental health -how GPs can help p.990-993

(*NB: article by Gina Sartore, Brian Kelly and Helen Stain from CRRMH)