• Apps designed for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

    Programs and services

    A number of programs have been developed with content particularly relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.These programs include:

    Stay Strong App
    The AIMhi Stay Strong App is a structured mental health and substance misuse intervention using specific content and imagery and available through iTunes or Google Play for a small cost.

    The app assists therapists to deliver a structured, evidence based, and culturally appropriate intervention to their clients. A free therapist manual and a free video tutorial is also available.

    Stay Strong was developed by Menzies School of Health Research and Queensland University of Technology and was based on established interventions developed with Indigenous people. The app is currently being evaluated through a Randomised Control Trial. Articles on the acceptability of the app and its implementation are available including:

    Dingwall, K. M., Puszka, S., Sweet, M. and Nagel, T. (2015), “Like Drawing Into Sand”: Acceptability, Feasibility, and Appropriateness of a New e-Mental Health Resource for Service Providers Working With Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Australian Psychologist, 50: 60–69. doi:10.1111/ap.12100

    Puszka S, Dingwall K, Sweet M, Nagel T (2016) E-Mental Health Innovations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: A Qualitative Study of Implementation Needs in Health Services, JMIR Mental Health, 3(3): e43

    Dingwall K, Puszka S, Sweet M, Mills PPJR, Nagel T (2015) Evaluation of a culturally adapted training course in Indigenous e-mental health, Australasian Psychiatry, 23(6): 630-635

    iBobbly from the Black Dog Institute is the world’s first suicide prevention app designed especially for use by Indigenous people on mobile phones or tablet devices. Following positive outcomes in a pilot study, the iBobbly app is currently undergoing a large scale research trial to establish whether it is an effective means of reducing suicidal thoughts.

    Training for service providers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

    If you would like to find out about training in your area, please contact the eMHPrac teams listed here or email emhprac@qut.edu.au.

    Disclaimer: This information provided is intended for information purposes only. ANU does not endorse any specific apps and practitioners should independently assess and evaluate apps and verify the credentials of providers before choosing to use an app or recommend it to clients or other practitioners. ANU does not take responsibility for readers' use and recommendation of apps to others.

    eMHPrac Exchange
    Untitled Document