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Dr Angela Durey

Developing and promoting best practice in Forensic Mental Health Care for Aboriginal Australians

Developing and promoting best practice in Forensic Mental Health Care for Aboriginal Australians
People with a mental illness within the prison system are often from the most vulnerable groups in society and many experience further isolation and stigmatisation as a result of their illness. Approximately 280 patients per year are admitted to the State Forensic Mental Health Services - Frankland Centre each year and many of these patients move between the health and criminal justice systems. Aboriginal Australians are significantly over-represented in the prison system and mental illness further compounds their "lived" experience. Therefore, it is important to improve the health outcomes of this group through the development of evidence based practice in both the forensic mental health and criminal justice settings. The project brings together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers at the State Forensic Mental Health Services (SFMHS) in Western Australia (WA). The findings of this project will form the first stage in the development of a model of collaborative practice that is evidence based and provides a framework for future practice development and research in the area.

Publications
Durey, A., Wynaden D., Ali, M. & Barr, L. (2014). Improving forensic mental health care for Aboriginal Australians - Challenges and opportunities. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 23 (3), 195-202
Durey, A., Wynaden, D. & O'Kane, M. (2014) Improving forensic mental healthcare to Indigenous Australians: Theorising the intercultural space. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 21(4), 296-302
Durey, A. (2013). Academic researchers and clinicians collaborating to improve forensic mental health care to Indigenous Australians. Presentation at Australian College of Mental Health Nursing 39th International Mental Health Nursing Conference - Collaboration and Partnership in Mental Health Nursing. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 22 (suppl. 1), 1-37
Durey, A., Lin, I., & Thompson, D. (2013). 'It's a different world out there': Improving how academics prepare health science students for rural and Indigenous practice in Australia. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia (HERDSA) Journal, 32 (5), 722-733
Durey, A (2010) Reducing racism in Indigenous health care in Australia: Where does cultural education fit? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34, S87-92.