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

Social Work and Drug and Alcohol

The Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Senior Social Worker assists in providing cultural and clinical support to clients wanting assistance with a vast range of Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol issues, through use of specialist skills, and dedicated expertise ensuring wraparound psychosocial support to individuals, couples and families.

The expanded skills of the AOD Senior Social Worker include;

  • Individualised Case Management
  • Psychosocial Assessments
  • Confidential Counselling and Art Psychotherapy
  • Crisis, and chronic health support
  • Advocacy for clients with other services (e.g., Emergency Accommodation, FACS, Legal Matters)
  • Detox and Rehabilitation Assistance
  • Outreach Support Services

The AOD Senior Social Worker works alongside the Tharawal Mental Health team, Drug and Alcohol Clinic, and other internal and external support services available to clients to provide comprehensive recovery oriented care to individuals, families and significant others.

Senior Social Workers are educated at Master’s degree level to provide clinical support in both counselling interventions, and art psychotherapy with extensive experience in mental health, and substance use.

Social Workers believe in strength-based, recovery oriented practice, and working with you at every stage of your journey to ensure you receive individualised, person-oriented care that is meaningful, and values your active participated in your care plan.

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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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Matthew James

Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health)
Nursing, M Mental Health (Nurse Practitioner), M Nursing (Mental Health)
Cert (Emergency), Cert (Health Science)

Matthew is a Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years’ experience working in the mental health field. Matthew has previously worked within a number of acute mental health inpatient units (adult and adolescent), surgical / orthopaedic departments and emergency units. He has completed a number of post graduate degrees including Master of Nursing (mental health), Master of Mental Health (Nurse Practitioner) and graduate studies in emergency nursing, health service management, cognitive behavioural therapy, perinatal counselling and clinical hypnosis. Matthew has worked in private practice and previously co established Australia’s first independent nurse practitioner led mental health recovery centre (ROAM Communities. 2012 - 2015) in Camden NSW.

In 2010 he attended a 5 week study exchange to Canada sponsored by Rotary International themed – Youth mental health and suicide. Since returning he has presented at a number of local, state and national meetings and conferences.

Matthew has established working relationships with psychiatrists, general practitioners, psychologists, allied health professionals and support services across the Macarthur region to compliment the care of the consumers he works with.

Matthew is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse and Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

A Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MHNP) is a registered nurse with specialist skills and education that enables them to provide you with quality mental health care.

Matthew’s services can assist you with your recovery goals, support during times of crisis and transition, ensure your physical health issues are assessed and managed alongside MHNPs are able to offer interventions and support in partnership with your family and significant others. MHNP’s work to coordinate your health care and wellbeing in the community.

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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

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