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Strengthening assessment and response to mental health needs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adolescents in primary care settings: study protocol for the Ngalaiya Boorai Gabara Budbut implementation project
  1. Rachel Reilly1,2,
  2. Peter S Azzopardi1,3,
  3. Alex Brown1,4,
  4. Jane Fisher5,
  5. George Patton6,7,
  6. Debra J Rickwood8,
  7. Choong-Siew Yong9,
  8. Odette Pearson10,
  9. Ngiare Brown1
  1. 1Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  2. 2School of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  3. 3Global Adolescent Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  4. 4Indigenous Genomics, Telethon Kids Institute, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
  5. 5Global and Women’s Health, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
  6. 6Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  7. 7Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  8. 8Faculty of Health, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  9. 9Child and Youth Mental Health, Northern Sydney Local Health District, St Leonards, New South Wales, Australia
  10. 10School of Population Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rachel Reilly; Rachel.Reilly{at}sahmri.com

Abstract

Introduction Opportunities for improved mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people lie in improving the capability of primary healthcare services to identify mental healthcare needs and respond in timely and appropriate ways. The development of culturally appropriate mental health assessment tools and clinical pathways have been identified as opportunities for strengthening workforce capacity in this area. The Ngalaiya Boorai Gabara Budbut implementation project seeks to pursue these opportunities by developing and validating a psychosocial assessment tool, understanding what services need to better care for your people and developing resources that address those needs.

Methods and analysis The project will be governed by a research governance group comprising Aboriginal service providers, young people, and researchers. It will be implemented in an urban health service in Canberra, and regional services in Moree, Wollongong, and the Illawarra regions of New South Wales Australia. The validation study will follow an argument-based approach, assessing cultural appropriateness and ease of use; test–retest validity; internal consistency, construct validity and the quality of decisions made based on the assessment. Following piloting with a small group of young people and their caregivers (n=10), participants (n=200) will be young people and/or their caregivers, attending one of the partner services. The needs assessment will involve an in-depth exploration of service via an online survey (n=60) and in-depth interviews with service providers (n=16) and young people (n=16). These activities will run concurrently. Service providers, researchers and the governance group will codesign resources that respond to the needs identified and pilot them through the participating services.

Ethics and dissemination The Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW Human Research Ethics committee (#1769/21) has approved this project. Informed consent will be obtained from all participants and/or their caregivers (with assent from those aged <16 years) prior to participating in all aspects of the study. Research dissemination will occur through participating health services, academic journal articles and conference presentations.

  • Community child health
  • MENTAL HEALTH
  • PRIMARY CARE

Data availability statement

Data are available upon reasonable request. Requests for data sharing will be considered by the research governance group on a case by base basis.

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Data availability statement

Data are available upon reasonable request. Requests for data sharing will be considered by the research governance group on a case by base basis.

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Footnotes

  • Collaborators The Ngalaiya Boorai Gabara Budbut Research Investigators and Governance Group: Julie Tongs, Mark Wenitong, Niharika Hiremath, Kim Davison, Amanda Savle, Kane Ellis and Darrel Smith.

  • Contributors NB, AB and PA conceptualised the project based on previous work. RR contributed to methods development and drafted the protocol. JF, GP, DJR, C-SY and OP provided expert input into the design of the assessment tool, developed validation methods and provided feedback on the manuscript. NB and OP provided cultural oversight to the investigator team. The Ngalaiya Boorai Gabara Budbut Research Investigators and Governance Group oversaw the development of all assessment tools including advising on appropriateness of included constructs and language, reviewed and approved all research methods and the final version of the manuscript.

  • Funding The project is funded by a Medical Research Future Fund Grant #APP1201471 and an Ian Potter Foundation Project Grant #013022.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were involved in the design, conduct, reporting or dissemination plans of this research. Refer to the Methods and analysis section for further details.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.