Tharawal Social and Emotional Wellbeing
187 Riverside Drive, Airds, NSW 2560
Tharawal has employed a team of passionate people to help their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community better manage social and emotional wellbeing. The team is made up of a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, 2 x Mental Health Workers (Male and Female), Psychologist and a Youth Worker.
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.
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.
- Case management
- Case coordination
- Mental health
- Physical health
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- Emergency relief
- Community Support
- Art therapy
- Social Work
- Drug and Alcohol
We accept referrals from individuals and services within the community. Individuals can contact us to discuss the support we can provide on 02 4624 9430. Services can fill out our referral form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click on the referral processes below for more information
“In my experience working with people I have found that grief is one of the most difficult emotions to deal with and can be a complex issue. It is important to realise that grief is a very normal response to losing a loved one from you life.
It can present as teariness, reduced motivation and reduced enjoyment of recreational activities and, if unrecognized and unaddressed, can develop into violence, drug and alcohol abuse, social withdrawal and depression.
Despite this, I believe that grief, when managed properly, has the power to strengthen communities and relationships by drawing people together to support each other.
If you are having any troubles with grief or any other emotional or psychological difficulties, please speak to your GP to arrange a referral to see Lynette Toms, our psychologist at Tharawal.
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
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. The expanded skills of a MHNP include:
- Advanced health assessment
- Diagnosis and treatment of health conditions
- Advanced counselling skills
- Clinical investigations (ordering and interpreting pathology and other diagnostic tests)
- Prescribing medications, adjustment of your medications, management of side effects and managing discontinuation of medication where required
- Referral to medical specialists
- Sickness certificates
MHNP 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 your mental health care. Mental Health Nurse Practitioners are educated at a Master’s Degree level with extensive clinical training, endorsed to function autonomously and collaboratively in advanced and extended clinical roles. MHNPs are able to offer interventions and support in partnership with your family and significant others. MHNP’s work is to coordinate your health care and wellbeing in the community.
Outreach Services at Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation – Located in the SEWB Building
NSW Housing – Every Tuesday 10:00am–3:30pm
Centrelink – Wednesday Fortnightly 10:00am–12:00pm
SMART Recovery – Wednesdays 1:00pm-2:30pm
NDIS – 1st Wednesday of each month 10:00am-12:00pm
Legal Advice – Every Thursday of each month – 10:00am-12:00pm
Murumittigar Community Finance – Every Friday 9.30am-3.00pm
SMART Recovery – Fridays 2:00pm-3:30pm
NURSE PRACTITIONER (MENTAL HEALTH)
NP, MHN, FACMHN B
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.
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.
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.
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.