Mental Health and Wellbeing admin
Mental health and wellbeing
Many clients come to Afri-Aus Care (AAC) with unresolved trauma. This trauma may have occurred in their country of origin and/or after settling here in Australia. Because of the stigma that mental illness attracts amongst many African and other CALD communities, it may remain undiagnosed and untreated. AAC works to remove these barriers and improve personal wellbeing.
Referrals from Health and Community Agencies
AAC maintains connection with local health, education, government, legal and community agencies to enable clients with culturally specific needs to access appropriate services.
Self Referrals and by Community
Some clients experience crisis situations when they need immediate care. Our office regularly accepts self-referred clients such as youth at risk, their families and significant others on a needs basis.
Our case managers are trained to understand the characteristics particular to cultures. Our objective is to provide specific assistance and support that respects African and other CALD cultural backgrounds.
Assessment and Onward Referrals to GP’s and other Agencies
AAC has direct links with doctors and agencies that understand African and other CALD values. Our clients are carefully assessed to provide primary mental health interventions followed by referrals to doctors, hospitals and other agencies as needed.
Information Sessions to communities, schools, agencies & organisations
AAC presents culturally informed education packages to community groups, schools, government agencies and private organisations. Our professional team, which includes a psychiatric registrar, mental health clinician, forensic psychologist and social worker, deliver these education packages. We also include talks by successful clients and case studies to help others better understand what many African and other CALD background clients experience in their lives.
Assisting Integration of Clients into the community with Ongoing Support
We provide ongoing support to past and present clients. A number of our past clients have become willing volunteers providing mentorship to our clients and their families.
Reconnecting students back to school and to their families
AAC works closely with high schools in the South East, assisting youth at risk and students with poor attendance records or anti-social behaviour. AAC helps them reconnect with their families and their schools, or find suitable education or employment support through our own Alternative Education Pathway Program. Psychological challenges mostly arise from peer pressure, academic challenges, unrealistically high expectations on the part of parents, or misunderstanding Australian social norms and cultural differences. In most instances, these problems are not well understood by the students, their families nor their schools.
AAC has witnessed some amazing and positive results from engagement on behalf of students.
Letter received from a student at St Peters College where AAC assisted in establishing a basketball team called One Family.
‘I was one of the students that attended the talk session you had at St Peters college in Cranbourne and I just wanted to thank you for what you do and it’s a very good thing that you do helping youths and leading them to the right path in life and also adapting to a new culture. Your work with your team is very appreciated and knowing that there’s people out there who are willing to give up their time to help others is a very good feeling. Many of the kids that attended learned many life lessons and we’re looking forward to the basketball program.’