Social Health Services aims to reduce the harm caused by the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs and overall improve community safety and the social emotional wellbeing of individuals, families and communities by providing culturally sensitive programs and services. We provide a holistic approach to addressing emotional, psychological, cultural and spiritual needs of Aboriginal people through counselling, case management and therapeutic group healing programs.
Referral can be made either by phone, email or in person at the Jane Ardler Centre, 51 – 53 Berry Street, Nowra. If you wish to make a referral please contact Social Health Intake Worker on 02 4448 0200 or email enquiries or referrals directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Safety and Wellbeing Programs
Social Worker Support
The SCMSAC Social worker will work with intensively with individuals, families, groups and communities in the context of their physical, social and cultural environments, their past and current experiences, and their cultural and belief systems.
Social workers may undertake in casework:
• Community engagement
• Education and Training
• Policy development
• Education and research,
• Particularly around issues of social justice, disadvantage and the marginalisation of people in their communities or in society.
• Group work
• Psycho-social assessments
Mental Health Support
How can the Mental Health Worker help?
The Mental Health Worker can support clients with personal recovery and wellbeing through:
• Case management, support, advocacy and referral for those experiencing a mental illness or feeling socially and emotionally unwell.
• Promoting clients social and emotional wellbeing, as well as physical and psychological health.
• Supporting self-care and encouraging clients to take personal responsibility and direction for their lives.
• Building on client’s strengths and capabilities.
• Supporting clients to build skills to form and maintain personal relationships, including relationships with families and carers.
• Supporting clients to gain or regain valued roles in the community.
• Enhancing social inclusion through identifying preferred options for housing support, education and training, employment voluntary work and community participation.
• Supporting clients to build resilience.
• Minimising the impact of harmful behaviors, such as substance use, self-harm and self-neglect through the development appropriate care plans.
• Supporting those at risk of suicide, self-harm and or with a previous suicide attempt including developing safety plans and supports.
How can the Psychologist help?
The psychologist can assist clients to find wellness and healing when they are experiencing difficult life circumstances, or are overwhelmed by intense emotions and having difficulties in managing their thoughts or actions relating to:
• Relationship issues
• Creating a healthy lifestyle
When are appointments available?
Appointments are available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm.
Outreach services are also offered at Jerrinja (Wednesday afternoon) or Wreck Bay (Tuesday morning). Transport to the Jane Ardler Centre is available on request.
How do I make a referral?
Referrals can be made through the Social Health Team intake team on (02) 4448 0200 or email email@example.com
Referrals are accepted from all (including SCMSAC program and/or external organisations and programs). Referrals can be made for children (from 8 years), young people or adults.
Note: Intake will check whether the client has a GP referral and what, if any, assistance is needed to obtain a referral.
What costs are involved?
There are no costs involved for seeing the Social Worker, Mental Health Worker or Psychologist. However, for clients wanting to see the psychologist, they should talk to their GP about the following Medicare items:
• Allied Health Follow Up for Aboriginal People – which applies to chronic disease management and offers ten sessions per year
• Mental Health Care Plan – initially six sessions per year (can be extended to ten after a GP review)
Social Emotional Wellbeing – Bringing Them Home
The Social Emotional Wellbeing program, formerly known as the Bringing Them Home program, supports Aboriginal people experiencing grief, loss, trauma including trans-generational trauma as a result of the Stolen Generations. The program aims to support and improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal people and families affected by the Stolen Generation.
Service provided can include:
• Counselling for grief, loss and trauma
• Access to services to assist with family tracing
• Community events such as National Sorry Day and Apology Anniversary community events
The Substance Use program provides support and advocacy to clients experiencing drug and alcohol issues. Clients are supported through case management, counselling, support, advocacy and group programs. In addition to this, Smoking Cessation support is also available to clients who wish to quit smoking. Information, counselling and access to pharmacotherapy, such as nicotine replacement therapy is available through our GP’s.
Needle Syringe Program
The Needle Syringe program (NSP) is a program the SCMSAC provides to injecting drug users (IDU). Our services provides one on one client support though in clinic and outreach services where clients can talk to their case worker about arranging clean fit packs and disposing of needles in a safe way.
The NSP is what is considered a secondary outlet, we provide clean fit packs through an internal cupboard both at the Jane Ardler Centre and Wreck Bay Clinic, clients can walk into these facilities and access theses packs. We also provide clean fit packs through our ADM (Automatic Dispensing Machine) which costs $2, this is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week located on the northern external wall of the Jane Ardler Centre.
Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) is a national program that aims to reduce smoking as the most preventable cause of ill health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is associated with an increased risk of a wide range of health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, renal disease, eye disease and respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. Smoking rates of Indigenous people are significantly higher than non-Indigenous people and health outcomes are poorer. Approximately 44% of Indigenous people smoke.
Services that is provided through the delivery of the program includes:
• Education and support
• Health promotion
• Brief intervention
• Quit support groups
• Referrals to GP to access NRT
• Information and resources
• Links and referral to other service providers
The program is delivered regionally throughout the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley with offices located within the South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation Falls Creek site, providing services to the Shoalhaven, and also at the Katungul Aboriginal Community and Medical Service Batemans Bay site, providing services the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley regions.
There are Quit Support groups available in all service regions, including, Nowra and Surrounding areas such as Jerrinja and Wreck Bay Aboriginal Communities, Batemans Bay, Narooma, Wallaga Lake Aboriginal Community, Bega and Eden.
Want to find out more? Give us a call on (02) 4448 0200 to yarn about your situation and how we can support you
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