This exciting initiative offers training and employment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workers. Trainees are employed at nominated headspace centres across Australia in an Aboriginal youth community engagement capacity, while they study for a Certificate IV in Mental Health.
The program increases the availability and scope of mental health and wellbeing support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 12–25 years across Australia, and importantly, in remote communities.
FGG’s funding contributes to the development of a long-term, sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce. It enhances cultural awareness and effectiveness for the delivery of headspace services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in remote Australia.
In 2017, the funds supported two trainees and one coordinator in headspace Darwin. Both trainees have now been offered full time employment after completing their traineeship. In 2018, the program was expanded to a further two headspace centres. FGG funding helped to support the engagement of two trainees and one coordinator in Darwin, one trainee in Townsville and one trainee in Broome.