PROGRAM GENERAL OBJECTIVES:
Through this project, it is proposed that the program in Australia will work in collaboration with relevant service providers, Government & non-government organizations & South Sudanese ethnic communities to:
- Gather data about mental illness among South Sudanese Diaspora in Australia. Share this with existing services.
- Raise awareness of the mental health needs of the respective communities, by contacting current service providers, developing printed information regarding traditional SS beliefs and practices around mental illness. Organize opportunities to address mental good health services about mental illness in the SS communities of Australia.
- Promote and improve access to mental health services by gathering information, publishing it online on the WFSS web site. Flyers and presentations to be made at community functions in Australia.
- Produce resources to enable communities to gain a greater understanding of how the mental health system works in Australia.
- Promote strategies addressing preventable mental health conditions, thereby reducing the need to access services.
- Enhance the quality of services in existing mental health facilities by establishing the WFSS as a peak body for information about SS cultures and beliefs.
- Increase general public awareness and education to the Diaspora in Australia, using existing groups, providing them with speakers, seminars and newsletters.
The program will strengthen the South Sudan and Australian Mental Health System by:
- WFSS will work with medical organisations and social services providers to increase knowledge and awareness of mental illness in the South Sudanese Diaspora, and by providing advocacy for those in need. This will be a part of WFSS’s Strategic Plan, breaking down barriers between South Sudanese Diaspora and service providers in Australia.
- Improving access to mental health services, for all ages, men and women, children and youths in Australia through targeted community education.
- Encourage South Sudanese Diaspora to undertake training in mental health to benefit service delivery to all South Sudanese Diaspora as needed.
- Increasing the number of psychosocial staff, e.g. social workers, psychologists, nurses, carers.
- Development of formal collaboration/partnerships in the form of laws, administration, and programs with South Sudanese health and non-health sectors aimed at improving mental health e.g. a Mental Health Council.
- Development of mental health users and consumer and family associations. The aim is to develop beneficial partnerships with organizations in Australia, who will generously provide WFSS with an already successful model on which to base our outreach and support programs.
- Increasing the number of psychosocial staff e.g. social workers, psychologists, nurses, carers.
- Development of mental health users and consumer and family associations. The aim is to develop beneficial partnerships with organizations in Australia, who will generously provide WFSS with already successful models on which to base our outreach and support programs.
- Development of formal collaboration in the form of programs with South Sudanese health and community sectors aimed at improving mental health e.g. a Mental Health Council.
- Developing mental health campaigns for the Diaspora in Australia. Information about mental illness and its symptoms and treatments will be publicized through all community groups. Information materials will be developed for all those who demonstrate interest in the topic. Accredited Training will be provided through existing Registered Training Organisations in Australia.