Tharawal Social and Emotional Wellbeing
187 Riverside Drive, Airds, NSW 2560
Tharawal’s Social & Emotional Wellbeing unit has employed a passionate team to help their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, better manage their social and emotional wellbeing. The team is made up of 1 x Dual Mental Health & AOD Worker (Female), 1x AOD worker (Female), Social Support Worker (Female), 3x Psychologist’s (Female), 2x Counsellors (Female), 1x Youth Worker (Male).
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
- Legal Outreach
- Centrelink Outreach
- Housing Outreach
- Community Support
- Social Support
- Drug and Alcohol
- Art therapy
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
Psychology and Counselling
Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation has a number of psychologists and counsellors who can help support you with whatever difficulties life throws your way.
The Psychology and Counselling team is trained in delivering Cognitive BehaviouralTherapy, Person-Centred Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Trauma-Informed care.
At Tharawal, we offer a culturally safe space for you to yarn about mental health difficulties related to:
If you are feeling down, worried or alone, don’t be shame to reach out for help. Get in touch with the Social Emotional Wellbeing Team and they can book you an appointment.
Social Support Program
What is the Social Support Program?
Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation’s holistic approach to “Aboriginal health” means not just the physical well-being of an individual but refers to the social, emotional and cultural well-being of the whole community in which each individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being thereby bringing about the total well-being of their community.
It is a whole of life view and includes the cyclical concept of life-death-life. As defined in NACCHO’s Constitution as amended 9 March 2006 also from the National Aboriginal Health Strategy (NAHS) 1989.
Our community consists of generally large extended families that have multiple generations living with or within close proximity of each other.
There is no “one size fits all”, our family’s needs range and the level of support will differ from family to family. Many of our families have complex needs and a multitude of issues that span generations (Transgenerational Trauma)
The social support program is a program to assist people with various social issues working with internal and external services to provide the best service possible for individuals, families and the wider community. We provide support services, advocacy, referral pathways, emergency relief and more through the Social Support Program.
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
Legal Advice – Every Thursday of each month – 10:00am-12:00pm
SMART Recovery – Fridays 11:00am-12:30pm
Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation have an Emergency Relief Program under the Social Support Program which assists community members experiencing financial difficulty. Eligibility will be determined based on the assessment. We provide Electricity and Gas Assistance (EAPA) Emergency Relief assistance at Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation; This service has its own eligibility criteria and timeframes for eligibility based on policies and funding requirements.
What assistance is available in Emergency Relief?
ELECTRICITY AND GAS VOUCHERS EAPA (ENERGY ACCOUNTS PAYMENT ASSISTANCE) SCHEME:
The Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) Scheme helps people experiencing a short term financial crisis or emergency to pay their electricity or gas bill. The scheme helps people stay connected to essential energy services in a time of need. This scheme is not available on an ongoing basis.
Please Note: You may not be eligible for EAPA assistance if you have received EAPA within a 6-month period under the policy for the Department of Industry Resources and Energy. However, the Social Support Worker may be able to advocate on your behalf and arrange a suitable payment arrangement with your energy company or refer you to another company who may be able to provide alternative options.
We also offer referrals to other services for Emergency relief to assist with;
- EAPA (Electricity & Gas)
- As well referral pathways into internal Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation programs.
Contact the Social & Emotional Wellbeing team on 02 4628 4837 for more information on how we may be able to assist you.
Housing Outreach Service
An Aboriginal DCJ Housing specialist attends Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation every Tuesday between 9:00am-3:00pm. Please ring the SEWB reception to book an appointment time with the housing specialist.
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.