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It has been reported that up to 70% of adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have hearing problems and deafness, often relating to poorly managed childhood infections.
The Deafness and Mental Health Statewide Consultation Service is the only service of its kind in Australia. Deaf and hard of hearing mental health consumers in Queensland have not previously had access to this type of service before.
The Deafness and Mental Health Statewide Consultation Service strives to promote appropriate and accessible mental health care for Deaf and hard of hearing people throughout Queensland.
The mission of the service is to assist people who are Deaf or hard of hearing to access culturally affirmative and inclusive mental health care and treatment.
This is facilitated through:
An extensive set of resources and training programs has been developed to assist mental health professionals to provide appropriate, accessible and equitable care to Deaf and hard of hearing people.
Resources developed include the deafness_and_mental_health_guidelines.pdf (PDF, 843.06 KB) and educational booklets on schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, bipolar, alcohol, sexual health, medications safety and relationships.
If you wish to access any of the resources available, please contact to the Deafness and Mental Health Service.
Presentations and workshops for service providers who work with Deaf consumers and Deaf Indigenous consumers who have an interest in this field have proven very successful.
The service offers assistance to treating teams and private practitioners in their consultations with adults who are Deaf or hard of hearing who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness.
This can be provided as a face-to-face service or via video conference.
Consultations focus on:
The service provides a variety of educational workshops for all health care professionals.
Depending on the audience, workshops can range from one hour to a full day, workshops can cover the following topics:
The service offers limited therapy programs and counselling that are culturally and linguistically appropriate. The team works with other health professionals, including psychologists and counsellors, to assist them to provide sessions that meet the needs of Deaf and hard of hearing people.
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