Government of Western Australia

Aboriginal health programs

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia
There are over 20 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services across WA which provide primary healthcare of Aboriginal people. These are services by a health care professional when a patient first has contact with the health system.

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Inc.
An Aboriginal community controlled organisation which delivers various health services across Perth for Aboriginal people and communities. Staffed by health professionals, including Aboriginal Health Workers, the organisation also provides general health services, as well as drug and alcohol services.

Statewide Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service – Phone: (08) 9347 6600
Provides comprehensive treatment for Aboriginal people with a serious mental illness, with cultural integrity and a ‘whole of family’ approach. This service supports Aboriginal people to access mainstream mental health services, and helps services better meet the needs of Aboriginal people.

i-Bobbly

Named after a Kimberley greeting, i-Bobbly is an app developed by Black Dog Institute (in consultation with Alive and Kicking Goals!) designed to improve mental health and reduce suicidal thoughts. After a trial of 100 people over 18 years of age in the Kimberley region of WA, i-Bobbly is now to be exapanded to include around 500 people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
An online resource aiming to make health information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people more accessible.

National Empowerment Project
Building Aboriginal communities’ capacity through empowerment and strengthening cultural, social and emotional wellbeing. It is an Australia-wide project led by the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia to address the high suicide rates experienced among Aboriginal communities. The project is innovative in that it combines traditional western approaches with culturally appropriate and locally responsive empowerment, healing and leadership responses devised in each community.

Red Dust Healing
A cultural healing program for Aboriginal men and their families. Workshops examine the intergenerational effects of colonisation on the mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of Aboriginal families. It encourages individuals to confront and deal with the problems, hurt, and anger in their lives.

Alive and kicking goals!
A youth suicide prevention project based in the Kimberley. It aims to reduce the high suicide rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in and around Broome through peer education workshops, one-on-one mentoring, and counselling. The project is initiated, managed, and led by Aboriginal people.

Strong Spirit Strong Mind
Promotes the uniqueness of Aboriginal culture as a central strength in guiding efforts to manage and reduce alcohol and other-drug related harm in Aboriginal communities.

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