SWAMS winners at the WA Rural Health Awards 2021

April 15, 2021

The WA Rural Health Awards is a celebrated award ceremony recognising the significant contribution of individuals and organisations who are dedicated to caring for rural communities in WA.

The SWAMS Kaat Darabiny (What you thinking?) Mental Health Team were named as Winners of the Western Australian Rural Health Awards-Building Healthy Country Communities, for the teams outstanding contributions to mental health.

The award recognised the work of the team in addressing inter-generational trauma by utilising a community approach to wellbeing and recovery and creating a safe space for healing to take place.

Lesley Nelson, Chief Executive Officer for SWAMS received the award for the evening on behalf of the team and expressed how proud the organization was to have received the award. “The SWAMS Kaat Darabiny Program has contributed greatly to building capacity in our community and we would like to acknowledge our fantastic team and the community for their ongoing support”.

SWAMS would like to acknowledge our key program partner the WA Primary Health Alliance for their ongoing support.

“We are excited and honored to have even been finalists for this award and very grateful that we are able to connect with and care for our wonderful local Aboriginal Community.” says Justin Brown, SWAMS Mental Health Coordinator.

The Kaat Darabiny Team deliver a range of programs which connect culture to healthy mind, body, family and spirit. These include Tools in Schools – a four week program which targets at risk youth utilising culture as the vehicle to wellness, community health promotion BBQ’s and Aboriginal Men’s Group.

“It is important to reach out if you need support, our Mental Health Team are here for a yarn.” Said Justin. SWAMS has a dedicated Team with tertiary qualified Aboriginal Counsellors and a Social Worker, alongside specialist mental health workers to assist with any issues that may arise.  You can call SWAMS on 9726 6000.


For more information please contact the SWAMS Clinic on (08) 9726 6000, or the toll free number on 1800 779 000.


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