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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Link-up

 

Overview

Established in 1998, the Link-up program provided a national network of 11 Link Up Services supporting and assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by past government removal policies to trace their genealogy and family history and potentially reunite with their families.

The Link-up program was one component of a number of Australian Government initiatives addressing issues related to the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, with the other main components including: the Mental health program; the Bringing them home (BTH) program; and the Social and emotional wellbeing regional centres (SEWB RCs).

The Link-up program was included in an independent evaluation undertaken by Urbis Keys Young for the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) and the report was publicly released in 2007. In 2011, the Australian Government announced the Social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) program, which consolidated the BTH and Link-up programs, and the SEWB RCs under a single cohesive program.

Abstract adapted from Department of Health and Ageing

Contacts

Department of Health and Ageing
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6289 1555
Freecall: 1800 020 103
Email: oatsih.enquiries@health.gov.au

Related publications

National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families (1997)

Bringing them home: report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families.

Retrieved 17 November 2011 from http://www.humanrights.gov.au/pdf/social_justice/bringing_them_home_report.pdf

Counsellors program manual: Bringing Them Home and Link Up services (2008)

Department of Health and Ageing

This handbook is a guide for all Bringing Them Home (BTH) and Link Up counsellors and their managers. It describes the requirements for providing these counselling services which helps to ensure that all BTH and Link Up counselling services across Australia meet the same standard.

The handbook includes the following information:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Link Up services: program manual for service providers (2008)

Department of Health and Ageing

This handbook is a guide for all Link Up services in the delivery of family tracing and reunions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people separated from their families as a result of past governments' removal policies and practices. The handbook describes the requirements for providing these services which will help to make sure that all Link Up services across Australia meet the same standard.

The handbook includes the following information:

Adapted from Link Up services: program manual for service providers

Department of Health and Ageing (2009)

Service activity reporting: Bringing Them Home and Link Up counsellors 2007-08.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

This report presents the findings from the service level data collected from Bringing Them Home (BTH) services and Link Up Counsellors. The information collected includes: the number of clients; episodes of care provided; service resources; staffing profiles; and the range of activities undertaken by the services. In 2007-08, 76 services had BTH and Link Up funded counsellor positions. The counsellors saw 9,190 clients during this year, with a total of 38,700 client contacts.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Evaluated publications

Bringing Them Home Taskforce, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commission (1999)

Evaluation of Indigenous family reunion (Link-Up) services and development of best practice model/s for service delivery: executive summary.

Canberra: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commission

KPMG (1999)

Evaluation of Indigenous family reunion Link-Up services and development of best practice models for service delivery: phase one report.

Canberra: KPMG

KPMG (1999)

Evaluation of Indigenous family reunion Link-Up services and development of best practice models for service delivery: phase two report.

Canberra: KPMG

Wilczynski A, Reed-Gilbert K, Milward K, Tayler B, Fear J, Schwartzkoff J (2007)

Evaluation of the Bringing Them Home and Indigenous Mental Health Programs, final report.

Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

In 2006, the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health commissioned Urbis Keys Young to evaluate the Bringing Them Home and Indigenous Mental Health Programs. Four programs were covered in the evaluation: the Link-Up Program; the Binging Them Home Program; the Social and Emotional Wellbeing Regional Centre Program; and the Mental Health Program.
The evaluation consisted of a consultation with service providers, associated organisations and clients of the services. The evaluation was advised by a Reference Group with membership from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Audit and Evaluation Services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services (2003)

Evaluation of the Link Up program.

Woden, ACT: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services

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Last updated: 2 October 2013
 
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