The Aboriginal Wellbeing Project (AWP) has been funded by the North Western PHN for approximately two and a half years. Funding a clinician to work for two days per week, the AWP offers flexible culturally sensitive support to young Indigenous people based on their individual needs. This includes:
- a gentle engagement process, whereby young people may be offered a number of initial intake appointments;
- case coordination, including liaison with other supports, and supported linkages to co-located and other services to address psychosocial issues (e.g. homelessness, need to material support, vocational support, etc.), as well as cultural and spiritual issues (e.g. referral to local Indigenous support services);
- counselling support for young people with complex difficulties whose challenges pose a significant barrier to engaging in a structured allied health professional context;
- interim support whilst young people are awaiting allocation to an allied health professional;
- liaison with allied health professional and assertive follow up if young people disengage from counselling support; and
- supporting allied health professionals with referrals and case coordination, as required;
Art Mob seeks to address some of the challenges and barriers young Indigenous people encounter by traditional pathways into headspace services and the AWP, thereby complimenting and enhancing the AWP.
Art Mob offers an alternative entry point to headspace services, enabling relationships and connections to be built with young people, without the focus on disclosing personal and sensitive information.