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Alison Brown, Tilahun Haregu, Graham Gee, Fiona Mensah, Lea Waters, Stephanie J Brown, Jan M Nicholson, Kelsey Hegarty, Darren Smith, Sue D’Amico, Rebecca Ritte, Yin Paradies, Gregory Armstrong
Little is known about the wellbeing and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in social housing. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in social housing face common social housing challenges of low income, higher incidence of mental health issues and poorer health along with specific challenges due to the impacts of colonisation and its ongoing manifestations in racism and inequity. A greater understanding of social and emotional wellbeing needs and aspirations is essential in informing the provision of appropriate support.
Strong connections to identity, family and culture in Aboriginal peoples living in social housing coexist along with disrupted connections to mind, body and community. Culturally safe and appropriate pathways to community services and facilities can enhance these connections. Research aimed at evaluating the impact of strengths-based interventions that focus on existing strong connections will be important in understanding whether this approach is effective in improving social and emotional wellbeing in this population.