Last updated July 5, 2023
The PHN Healing Forums across Taree, Inverell and Cessnock were designed to increase access to First Nations community-identified approaches to improving the healing and wellbeing needs of HNECC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The forums aimed to:
- Empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to identify and design local, culturally relevant approaches to meeting the healing and wellbeing needs of their community.
- Resource localised approaches to healing that are led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to address mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and connection to culture, family and land.
- Integrate community healing programs with existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health clinical services – including both Aboriginal Community Controlled and mainstream services – to ensure services holistically meet the clinical and cultural healing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
- Promote community development and meaningful partnerships to strengthen the sustainability, community governance and service delivery of community healing programs.