Connection to land, family and spirituality
Partnership with Aboriginal communities

We work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in all the areas we work and have a commitment to justice and self-determination for the first peoples of Australia.

We have experience providing culturally appropriate and specialist support services in New South Wales and Victoria.

Social and Emotional Wellbeing

Aboriginal concepts of wellbeing are holistic in nature and include mental, physical, social, spiritual and cultural wellbeing.

Connection to land, family and spirituality play a central role in wellbeing and healing.

Social and Emotional Wellbeing problems can arise from grief, loss, trauma, substance use, child removal, incarceration, family breakdown, racism, social disadvantage and cultural dislocation.

We provide an effective and culturally safe service to help restore health and wellbeing.

Wadamba Wilam (Renew Shelter)

Wadamba Wilam provides intensive outreach support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are experiencing homelessness and enduring mental illness.

We work in a holistic way to provide support in areas including mental health, housing, physical health, social and cultural wellbeing, substance use, employment and education. We coordinate with other services as needed.

Wadamba Wilam is a voluntary support program open to people based on eligibility criteria and service capacity.

Our approach

Wadamba Wilam is a partnership between Neami National, the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS), UnitingCare ReGen and the Northern Area Mental Health Service (NAMHS).

Our team includes staff from each of our partners bringing together skills, experience and resources to support the social and emotional wellbeing of people in a culturally safe way.

For further details contact Wadamba Wilam (Renew Shelter)

Aboriginal Traineeships Program

From the beginning, we have been a strong supporter of the NSW Mental Health Coordinating Council’s Aboriginal Careers in Mental Health Initiative, which offers paid traineeships to Aboriginal people wanting to start their career in the mental health sector.

Participants who successfully complete the program qualify for a Certificate IV in Mental Health and we offer encourage to apply for a position where there is a good match between skills and a  vacancy.

To date, we have offered over 30 traineeships in locations as diverse as inner Sydney, Dubbo and Broken Hill. Of these, around 15 people have gone on to secure jobs with our services.

Aboriginal Assertive Outreach Service (AAOS)

The Aboriginal Assertive Outreach Service was our first specialist Aboriginal service. It is a service aimed at engaging, supporting and ending homelessness for people sleeping rough in Sydney’s CBD, inner east and inner west.

It was created in 2011 as part of the Coastal Sydney Regional Homelessness Action Plan 2010, which itself was an initiative of the NSW and Federal Governments as part of The Road Home White Paper.

This program was very effective in the in 2014 the NSW Government announced it would roll its approach into mainstream services and not re-tender it as a standalone program.

More Information

Menzies School of Health Research page on Aboriginal mental health resources

MHCC (NSW) Aboriginal Careers in Mental Health Program