The Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm provides a place of healing, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can feel safe and supported to make ongoing and meaningful changes in their lives. The Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm uses a therapeutic community approach, traditional healing concepts, cultural programs and life skills training to tackle underlying social and emotional issues.
The Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm works with a range of services (health, social, community, educational, government, non-government) to ensure you are able to access assistance based on individual needs.
The program run at the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm aims to:
- provide a safe environment to help you work towards a healthier lifestyle
- help you think about the meaning and impact alcohol and/or other drugs have on your life
- support the achievement of physical, mental emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing, and
- help you develop skills to live a fulfilling life.
Who can attend the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm?
Anyone who is aged 18 to 40 years and who identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person can attend the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm.
To attend, you need to:
- be 4-6 weeks free from alcohol and other drugs
- able to attend the program Monday to Thursday for 10 weeks, and
- remain free from all drugs and alcohol while attending the Day Program.
A willingness to learn respectfully about your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin and work on all aspects of your life—socially, spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically—in conjunction with support workers, referring agencies and other agencies support workers will help you get the most out of the program.
By attending the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm, you can expect:
- opportunities to re-connect to country and culture, including facilitating tracing of cultural
- an introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance, song and art
- an opportunity to learn about cultural protocols
- practices and understanding of LORE
- techniques on empowerment and building resilience
- social and emotional wellbeing support, and
- training and specific courses to assist with employment opportunities.
How can I access the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm?
There is a referral process for attending the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm.
Please speak to your doctor, counsellor, or other professional support worker about a referral.
Your referring agency will send the completed referral to the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm.
As part of this process you will be asked questions about you and your needs. This is to better understand where you are coming from and what you want out of the program. There are no right or wrong answers.
You will also need to undertake an interview with the Cultural Evaluation Panel, who will consider your readiness to participate in programs, activities and services. After a decision has been made, your referring agency will let you know the outcome.
If you have any questions about the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm call (02) 6237 6700 or email NBHF@act.gov.au