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Aboriginal mental health:

In conversation with John van der Giezen

In this podcast, John van der Giezen discusses his work in Aboriginal mental health in Western Australia.

John van der Giezen has over twenty-five years experience as a social worker, working with disadvantaged people with a particular focus on working with Aboriginal people and in mental health settings, both government and non government. He has been involved in the establishment of several new programs including Ruah Inreach, Aboriginal Community Support Service and the Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service. He was instrumental in lobbying for the review of the Mentally Impaired Defendants Act, 1996 and was a member of the Review Panel.

John has an extensive history of working at a high level to improve services in the areas of accommodation and mental health with a particular focus on Aboriginal people. He has contributed his time to Management Committees within the accommodation, community legal services and mental health law sectors for over thirty years, including ten years as a Director of Access Housing, a major non government accommodation service in WA.

John provides extensive training in the areas of Aboriginal Mental Health and cultural security to clinicians and at three universities in WA. He has twice been nominated for Human Rights awards for his work in the Aboriginal community. He is a current finalist nominee for the AASW’s WA Social Worker of the Year Award. Currently he works as a Senior Social Worker at the Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service.

Recommended citation – APA6th

Fronek, P. (Host). (2014, June 12). Aboriginal mental health: In conversation with John van der Giezen [Episode 69]. Podsocs. Podcast retrieved Month Day, Year, from http://www.podsocs.com/podcast/aboriginal-mental-health/.

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