Balit Murrup: Aboriginal social emotional wellbeing framework 2017-2027 is a key initiative of the government’s 10 Year Mental Health Plan and advances its commitment to Aboriginal self-determination.
Meaning ‘strong spirit’, Balit Murrup works on culturally informed holistic understandings of health as the basis for improving Aboriginal wellbeing.
It was developed in close consultation with experts in Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing and mental illness, Aboriginal community-controlled organisations (ACCOs) and other service providers.
Balit Murrup is a companion document to the Korin Korin Balit-Djak: Aboriginal health, wellbeing and safety strategic plan 2017-2027, which sees Aboriginal communities lead the development and delivery of policies and services to Aboriginal Victorians, supported by the state government.
The government’s $22 million commitment in the 2017-18 budget will increase Aboriginal mental health worker numbers, including drug and alcohol, and mental health positions within ACCOs. It will also contribute to other initiatives.
Recognising the unique and valued position of Elders in Aboriginal communities, the government allocated $1 million over two years (2017-19) to support Elders to remain active and socially engaged in areas including mentoring and providing advice to Victoria’s service system.