Social & Emotional Wellbeing Mission Statement


Supporting and promoting the social, emotional, spiritual, and cultural wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and community. We work from a belief that connection to land, culture, spirituality, family, and community are important to people and impact their wellbeing.


What is social and emotional wellbeing?


The term social and emotional wellbeing is used by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to describe the social, emotional, spiritual, and cultural wellbeing of a person. The term recognises that connection to land, culture, spirituality, family, and community are important to people and can impact on their wellbeing. It also recognises that a person’s social and emotional wellbeing is influenced by policies and past events. There are many different factors that can impact on a person’s social and emotional wellbeing. These can range from normal everyday stresses to major life events.

Social & Emotional Wellbeing Key Facts document click here
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Our beautiful women at the 2016 'Stop Stolen Generations!' protest in Canberra.
Photo: Jeff Tan Photography

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Bringing Them Home

Tharawal’s Bringing Them Home Program offers:

Personal case management service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and descendants who are survivors of the Stolen Generation.

The Stolen Generation is the name given to Aboriginal People:

Who were removed from their families as children or were decendants sent to institutions.
Some children were removed, sent to institutions, adopted or fostered by non Aboriginal families between 1910 to 1970.

Children's experiences were varied depending on the situation to which they were in and the amount of attention they received;

Some children appeared to cope with trauma of losing their families but as adults have had to cope with the emptiness resulting from the silence about their birth families and the denial of their indigenous heritage. Many other children never overcame their traumatic loss and their lives become an anguished story or a social and emotional turmoil.
Children placed with unsatisfactory foster parents or an Institutions fared the worst.

Programs Objective:

The BTH Program at Tharawal will provide a brokerage service for clients, ensuring they have access to appropriate professional assistance.

Where possible, assisting you to:
  • Find out about your family
  • To come to terms with who you are
Working with organisations

Link-up (NSW) who may provide research, counselling, reunions (where possible), healing weekends. AIATSIS (Australia Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies) who provide access to family tree research and Aboriginal studies.

Bringing Them Home Program

We seek to redress some of the hurt and assist the healing process.
Funded by: Office Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH)

For further information please complete a referal form or contact the Social & Emotional Wellbeing team on 02 4628 3847

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Collaborating across services:
A case study of Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation & SWSLHD

How Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation and South Western Sydney Local Health District work together to achieve better outcomes for mental health clients.

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Healing through art: A case study of Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation

How art therapy helps Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation's mental health clients to feel safe and access other supports, including clinical services.

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Caring for the whole person: A case study of Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation

Why Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation takes a holistic approach to caring for its community members.

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Referrals

We accept referrals from individuals and services within the community. Individuals can contact us to discuss the support we can provide on 0246 24 94 30. Services can fill out our referral form and email it to sewb@tacams.com.au

Please click on the referral processes below for more information

Referral In Form

Referral Process (External)

Referral Process (Internal)


Outreach Services at Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation
Located in the SEWB Building

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