1.18 Social & emotional wellbeing

This measure reports on the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

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Why is it important?

Social and emotional wellbeing is a holistic concept for Indigenous Australians, health is not just the physical wellbeing of the individual but the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of the whole community (Dudgeon et al. 2014; Gee et al. 2014; SHRG 2004).

Related measures

Data sources

  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey
  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • Australian Health Survey
  • Zubrick et al. 2005
  • National Mortality Database
  • Family Medicine Research Centre, University of Sydney, BEACH data
  • General Social Survey
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • National Health Survey

References

  • Dudgeon P, Walker R, Scrine C, Shepherd C, Calma T & Ring I 2014. Effective strategies to strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Issues paper no. 12 produced for the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse. Canberra: AIHW and AIFS.
  • Gee G, Dudgeon P, Schultz C, Hart A & Kelly K 2014. Chapter 4: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing. In: Dudgeon P, Milroy H & Walker R (eds). Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice. 2nd edn. Perth: Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and Canberra: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
  • SHRG (Social Health Reference Group) 2004. National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Mental Health and Social and Emotional Well Being 2004–2009. Canberra: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council and National Mental Health.
  • Zubrick et al. 2005. The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: The social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and young people. Telethon Institute: Perth.