16 July 2020

The Journey of Wellbeing outlines an Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) model of care that emphasises the individual at the core of a healing plan. This model consolidates the exemplary elements of practice in the SEWB space that are being used by some Aboriginal Service Providers across NSW.

 The model emphasises the following key themes throughout the Journey:

  • story telling
  • empowerment
  • choice.

The Journey model is based upon the advice and direction of Aboriginal communities, community leaders, service providers and the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council. It builds the evidence base for non-clinical models of care in social and emotional wellbeing of individuals and communities, and lays out an approach that will be familiar to many because it is drawn from what is happening in our communities each day.

Rather than presenting old knowledge as new, the Journey model aims to draw together the diverse strengths of many organisations across NSW into a coherent principle-based model of care. For organisations already applying these principles, we hope that it will provide a common reference point and means of communicating to partners the valuable work already being done. For organisations looking to learn from others with similar challenges, we hope that this document provides the inspiration and practical guidance to clear a path forward.

Download the report and the literature review below.

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Last updated: 5 August 2020