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ABSTRACT

This chapter discusses and defines the difference between multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary/interprofessional care with a focus on interdisciplinary care as a model of practice which supports equality and interconnectedness of responsibility amongst team members when working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts. The chapter describes the various professional and para professional practitioners that comprise interdisciplinary teams working in mental health and wellbeing contexts and their roles. The focus is on an interdisciplinary team approach to providing health and wellbeing care as its ethos of equal relationships and interdependent collaboration is more encompassing of social and emotional wellbeing values. Identification of the issues and limitations of interdisciplinary practice and the means to addressing them are explored within the context of how interdisciplinary care fits into mental health best practice and human rights.