Tom Brideson will discuss Aboriginal Mental Health
Aboriginal Mental Health: We are pleased to announce Tom Brideson, State-wide Coordinator, NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program, NSW Health as a Keynote Speaker at The 17th International Mental Health Conference, Gold Coast, to be held 11 -12 August 2016.
Tom Brideson will be presenting on ‘The Secret Reflection is Vague in the Mirror’. His presentation will address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and social and emotional wellbeing which remains one of the biggest challenges within and beyond the mental health system. The issues and evidence are well documented and have been stated again and again over many years. Tom will explore some of the current challenges and provide a brief overview of developments over recent years in this space.
In 2013-2014 all Australian Mental Health Commission’s supported the formation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH).
NATSILMH’s work includes the development of the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration (2015) which aims to ensure such leadership is embedded and supported in the Australian mental health system. www.natsilmh.org.au
Tom Brideson - Aboriginal Mental Health
Tom Brideson is a Kamilaroi/Gomeroi man from north-west NSW. Tom is passionate about improving health outcomes and mental health career opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and has been actively involved in these areas over the past 2.5 decades. Over this time he has been active in mental health and health policy; social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB); clinical mental health care; suicide prevention; education and mental health leadership.
Since 2007, Tom has been the State-wide Coordinator for the NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program. He has published articles regarding the Aboriginal mental health workforce and advocates for the broad emerging professional workforces to ensure meaningful career pathways across all health and human services.
Tom sits on a range of mental health and leadership committees and a range of projects to improve the health and mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Some of these include
Board, Indigenous Allied Health Australia
SEWB Clinical Council, Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health
NSW Mental Health Commission Community Advisory Council
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group 2012 – 2015