Aboriginal mainstream service experience

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (2008) National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Health Survey indicated 31% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over reported high/very high levels of psychological distress during the four weeks prior to the health survey. Yet despite the significantly higher numbers of Aboriginal children, young people and adults in crisis or acute services such as homelessness, emergency departments and child protection services, they are much less likely to access prevention or early intervention services.

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