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Social and emotional wellbeing regional centres



The Australian-wide network of Social and Emotional Wellbeing Regional Centres (SEWB RC's) was established as an important component of the Australian Government program addressing issues related to the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous peoples. The 14 centres provided personal and professional support to staff of the Link-up and Bringing them home (BTH) programs. They did this by:

In 2011, the SEWB RCs along with the Link-up and BTH programs were amalgamated under a single cohesive program called the Social and emotional wellbeing program. As a part of this restructuring, the 14 SEWB RCs were replaced with nine Workforce Support Units which support the SEWB workforce, including staff from the Link-up services and the SEWB counsellors (previously the BTH counsellors). The Workforce Support Units are primarily located within the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.

Abstract adapted from the Department of Health


Department of Health
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6289 1555

Evaluated publications

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


Last updated: 21 May 2015
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