Program Overview

The Family Wellbeing program was developed by Aboriginal Elders in a remote community in South Australia. The elders are survivors of the ‘stolen generation’ who aim to support communities and families around the risks of youth suicide.

Central Coast Primary care a non-government agency developed the Family Wellbeing program which was the first of its kind in New South Wales, commencing in 2014. It is run by two accredited Aboriginal trainers focusing on Aboriginal young men to build communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution and other life skills to enable participants to take greater control and responsibility for family, work and community life. Participants establish a group agreement to reflect confidentiality and enable honest sharing and trust.




The Family Wellbeing program is premised on the idea that all humans have basic physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Failing to satisfy these needs may result in behavioral problems and disconnection from culture which has demonstrated to have a significant impact on an Aboriginal person. Young Aboriginal men are most at risk of serious mental health issues and suicide. 

Hunter New England and Central Coast 

Lead agency
Central Coast Primary Care 

Living Well domain

  • Putting people first 
  • Making it local