Searching for Evidence: What works in Indigenous Mental Health Promotion?

Clelland, Nicole A., Gould, Patricia M., & Parker, Elizabeth A. (2007) Searching for Evidence: What works in Indigenous Mental Health Promotion? Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 18(3), pp. 208-216.


Issue addressed: The high rates of mental health issues confronting Indigenous populations makes it imperative that action to promote mental health and prevent the development of mental health problems in these populations is effective. An accumulating evidence base for mental health promotion now exists; however, it remains significantly underdeveloped for Indigenous groups. Methods: This paper outlines the key findings of a systematic review of the literature undertaken to identify attributes of effective Indigenous mental health promotion interventions. Results: Conclusive evidence of the efficacy of Indigenous mental health promotion interventions could not be determined, because the current evidence base is limited. However, this review did highlight a number of important findings. Firstly, there were few well conducted intervention evaluations; in many, the design was weak and insufficient information was supplied to assess effectiveness. Secondly, Indigenous mental health promotion initiatives commonly focused on individual behaviour change, rather than the broader social, ecological or policy determinants. Thirdly, many interventions involved extensive Indigenous participation, thus supporting cultural relevance and community involvement, essential for the future of Indigenous mental health promotion. Conclusions: There is insufficient evidence regarding effective mental health promotion and prevention interventions for Indigenous populations.

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ID Code: 13927
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: effectiveness, evidence, health promotion, Indigenous, mental health
ISSN: 1036-1073
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Australian Health Promotion Association
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:38

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