Western NSW PHN is offering grants up to $20,000 for community projects that focus on Aboriginal well-being in drought affected areas improving mental health and community resilience. Western NSW PHN looks after 53.5% of NSW, covering Western & Far Western NSW with an estimated population of 310,000+ and over 10% of the region identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander (ABS, 2016).
The Empowering our Communities program offers support to people and communities struggling with drought.
Positive Living Skills
Positive Living Skills funded by Western NSW Primary Health travelled through drought-affected Western NSW in November and December 2019, building resilience and empowering educators, families and children in early learning services.
A joint panel between WNSW PHN and RAMHP are assessing the expressions of interest for the Trusted Advocate Program and will be announced in 2020. Thank you to all those who applied.
What is a Trusted Advocate?
Trusted Advocates are trusted members of their community that have demonstrated resilience in dealing with adversity. A trusted advocate is a person who is already sought out by community members in times of need including stress and anxiety caused by the current prolonged drought. Trusted advocates may not have had the opportunity to engage in training and ongoing support to assist them in this role. A feature of the Trusted Advocate Network activity is access to training and support.
Where has the Trusted Advocate approach come from?
The Australian Government took immediate steps to roll out extra mental health support initiatives across the country assisting rural communities to deal with the uncertainty, stress and anxiety of drought conditions. This is initiative is known as The Empowering our Communities initiative. The Empowering our Communities initiative was announced in 2018 to fund community-led mental health, social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention initiatives.
Consultations undertaken by the National Drought Taskforce Coordinator- General for Drought, Major General Day provided insight that community members were looking for someone to talk to within their community who would listen to them rather than treat them.
The National Drought Taskforce selected Coonabarabran as the Western NSW region town for the Trusted Advocates Network.
Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) will be responsible for facilitating the Trusted Advocate activity in Coonabarabran and surrounding community and will be working with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) in supporting the program.
What support is available for Trusted Advocates?
Ongoing training and support, including clinical supervision and debriefing.
Information about online, face to face and self-help mental health and wellbeing supports within their community to help facilitate referrals.
Trusted advocates will be reimbursed for reasonable travel and incidental expenses such as meals required when undertaking their role.
2019 Grant Funding Recipients - Round 2
Round 2 of the Community, Wellbeing and Drought Relief grant program recipients.
The Trust of Warren Youth Foundation - providing reaI life experiences for underprivileged youth through education, training, support and mentoring
QOE Health - Half Full Mate Conversations at Lightning Ridge, Nyngan, Coonabarabran, including Public Spaces Network Weaving Creating Conversations & Connections
Brumbies 4 Recovery - Community Wellbeing Clinics at Menindee, Packsaddle and Cobar
National Loss for Loss and Grief NSW Inc (NALAG) - Wellbeing in Communities
Ivanhoe Central School - From Ivanhoe to Uluru (trip for school kids to get away from the drought)
Brewarrina Shire Council - A Splash of Colour to Brighten the day
Balranald Branch of Isolated Children - Hatfield Happening Women's Wellbeing Day
Creative Collective ARI Inc. - Out of the Box Creative Drop In Centre
Neighbourhood Central - Sowing Cyber Seeds for Parkes Farmers
Royal Flying Doctor Service - South Eastern Section - Cobar , Dubbo, Gilgandra High School, Menindee Mens Shed, Trangie Central School, Wilcannia Mens Shed GROW Program (Early intervention through Aquaponics program)
2019 Grant Funding Recipients - Round 1
Round 1 of the Community, Wellbeing and Drought Relief grant program recipients.
Brewarrina Shire Council Were all in this together
Catholic Care Wilcannia Community Fun Days
Mission Australia Reducing Loneliness
Rural Minds Road Show (Rural & Remote Mental Health Goodawindi)
Condobolin Sports Club Canopes and Cocktails
NALAG Blue Healers Facilitators
NALAG Blue Healers Bourke
Walgett Shire Council Busting the Dust
Australian Red Cross, Mental Health First Aide & Farmaide
NALAG Blue Healers Nyngan
Coonamble Chamber of Commerce Drought but not out
RFDS - Community Aquaponic Project
CWFS Women& Youth in Agriculture Conf 2019 Resilence and Renewal
Murdi Paaki Regional Rugby League Council Inc (Workshop Dinner Barwon Darling)
Murdi Paaki Regional Rugby League Council Inc (Workshop Dinner Outback Far West)
North West Plains Sustainabilty Group Connecting Gardens in the drought
Quambone Polocross Club Inc District Sporting Day
Marthaguy Pinic Race Club Community Luncheon, Fun day and Pinic Race Day
RFDS Louth Weekend Wellbeing
RFDS Pooncare Summer Send Off Community Cricket Game
Lifeline Broken Hill - We’ve Got your Back
2357 Partnerships Inc Bugaldie Bounce Back Coonabarabran
CWA Condobolin Womens Wellness Expo
Brewarrina Aboriginal Corporation Riverbank Coffee Bar
Western Landcare, Junk to Art Workshops – Bourke
Menindee Enterprise Park Central Darling Wellbeing