Review of Screening and Assessment Tools

Several recent articles listed below have reviewed tools that have been culturally validated, or adapted for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and tools being used without specific adaptation. These screening and assessment tools include structured or semi structured diagnostic interviews, survey and self-report questionnaires, measures of treatment outcome, and qualitative approaches.


Adams, Y., Drew, N., & Walker, R. (2014).  Principles of Practice in Mental Health Assessment with Aboriginal Australians. In P. Dudgeon, H. Milroy & R. Walker (Eds). Working Together. 

Black, E. B., Toombs, M. R., & Kisely, S. (2018). The cultural validity of diagnostic psychiatric measures for Indigenous Australians. Australian Psychologist53(5), 383–393.

Lavrencic, L., et al. (2019). Cognitive test norms and comparison between healthy ageing, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia: A population‐based study of older Aboriginal Australians.  Australian Journal of Psychology – Wiley Online Library
The prevalence of dementia and cognitive impairment is higher in Aboriginal Australians compared to the national population, increasing the need to understand cognitive impairment in this at‐risk population. This article reports normative data for a range of commonly used cognitive tests, in a population‐based small normative sample of older Aboriginal Australians living in urban/regional New South Wales.

Le Grande, M., Ski, C.F., Thompson, D.R., Scuffham, P., Kularatna, S., Jackson, A.C. &  Brown, A. (2017). Social and emotional wellbeing assessment instruments for use with Indigenous Australians: A critical review, Social Science & Medicine, 187, 164-173. Doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed. 2017.06.046

Newton, D. , Day, A. , Gillies, C. and Fernandez, E. (2015). The assessment of social and emotional well‐being in Indigenous patients. Australian Psychologist, 50, 40-50. doi:10.1111/ap.12064

Stephens, A., Bohanna, I., & Graham, D. (2017). Expert Consensus to Examine the Cross-Cultural Utility of Substance Use and Mental Health Assessment Instruments for Use with Indigenous Clients. Evaluation Journal of Australasia, 17(3), 14-22.