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Perth Aboriginal services – mental health services

Mental health services for Aboriginal people in the Perth metropolitan area.

ARBOR (Active Response Bereavement Outreach)

Phone: 9263 215 or 9263 2050
Address: Level 2, 23 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth or GPO Box C138, East Perth WA 6839
Visit ARBOR (external site) or Anglicare WA (external site)

Support service for people bereaved by suicide. Works closely with other support services. Home visits, volunteer peer support, short to medium term counselling, support groups, referral advice, support in schools and training establishments and support returning to work.

Self and agency referrals welcome.

Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.30 pm.

Eligibility: Metro area and bereaved by suicide.

Aboriginal Family Respite Service

Phone 9206 6200
Email: or

Provides support to Aboriginal families who care for a family member with a mental illness by facilitating monthly respite days for the whole family. These days have a pampering, education and support focus.

Referrals are open to Aboriginal families who reside in the northern suburbs and the respite days are delivered from the UnitingCare West Merriwa Service Centre.

Council of Official Visitors

Phone: 1800 999 057
Address: Unit 1/18 Harvest Tce, Perth
Visit Council of Official Visitors (external site)

The Council of Official Visitors is established under the Mental Health Act to provide an independent advocacy service for people who are involuntarily mental health patients (including people on Community Treatment Orders) and those living in licensed psychiatric hostels and group homes.

Located across the metropolitan area as well as in Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Albany and Broome, callers can request a visit by an Official Visitor.

Office hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm (answering machine provided outside these hours which is checked over weekends).

Growing Strong, Staying Strong

Phone: 9485 3939
Address: GPO Box 2828, West Perth 6872
Visit Growing Strong, Staying Strong (external site)

A wellness program to help people manage worries and to celebrate strength and resilience. This program is person centred and adaptable to suit each person’s life circumstances.

Through art based activities and group exploration, it builds on a person’s current strength and resilience and helps people to develop new skills and strategies to manage worries.

Contact Ruah for more information, or go to the website and follow the links to watch videos and download free workbooks.

Indigenous Psychological Services

Phone: 9362 2036
Address: PO Box 1198 East, Victoria Park 6981
Visit Indigenous Psychological Services (external site)

Private company providing Aboriginal Mental Health Services including Aboriginal Mental Health Training Workshops; E-Learning; Cultural Reviews and Audits of Organisation against best cultural practice; cultural competency intervention programs (mental health and general) as well as whole of Aboriginal community suicide intervention programs.

Note: this Service does not provide counselling including psychological assessment services.

Cost: consultancy fees, travel, accommodation etc.

Ring or email first. Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00 pm.

Karnany Aboriginal Centre

Phone: 9274 7929
Address: 25 Spring Park Rd Midland
Visit Karnany Aboriginal Centre (external site)

A service of Swan Emergency Accommodation.

Karnany is a resource centre providing services to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Services include:

  • Outreach location for Street Doctor and associated medical and psychological services.
  • Outreach location for Wungening Aboriginal Corporation (formerly Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service).
  • Information and referrals.
  • Emergency relief – (by appointment Tuesdays @ 9.00am).
  • Money Business – (financial literacy program).
  • NPAH Housing Support – (referral from designated agencies only).
  • Agent for NILS (No Interest Loan Scheme).

Kootamiara Quab

Phone: 9451 4977
Address: 295 Manning Rd, Waterford 6152

Women’s Healing Program – cultural, spiritual and art therapy for Aboriginal women/girls who have suffered sexual abuse or DV. Referrals appreciated.

Monday to Friday,10.00am – 5.00pm.

Madjitil Moorna

Phone: 0409 116 460
Address: Anderson Rd Community Centre, Anderson Rd, Forrestfield (usually)
Visit Madjitil Moorna (external site)

Led by professional Aboriginal and TSI musicians, this choir enjoys singing in English and in Language – songs of joy and hope, for healing, Friendship and reconciliation. The choir performs at festivals, special events and conferences, throughout the year.

$8 per session for waged members and $2 per session for unwaged members. Rehearsals Monday nights – 6.30pm for a cuppa, singing 7pm– 8.30pm, between February and November with a winter break after NAIDOC Week.

All voices, all ages, all backgrounds welcome. Phone first to check meeting times and places.

Ruah Mental Health Website

Visit Ruah Mental Health Website (external site)

Find out more about Ruah Mental Health online. Keep up to date with the latest news and events. The website includes information and resources on:

  • Aboriginal wellbeing
  • The Growing Strong Staying Strong recovery program
  • videos and workbooks
  • research and publications
  • training and events.

Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service

Phone: 9235 2400
Fax: 9235 2499
Address: Graylands Hospital Brockway Rd

The aim of this service is to improve Aboriginal people's mental health by a whole of family approach to supporting access to mainstream services and increasing services' capacity to better meet Aboriginal people's needs.

Home visits or hospital visits. Graylands ward or office. Drug and alcohol, mental health, general counselling. Any Aboriginal issue.

Phone for appointment


Phone: 9227 4300 or triage line: 1300 362 569 (local call rates for land line only)
Address: 223 James St, Northbridge
Visit YouthLink (external site)

YouthLink is a state-wide mental health program managed through the North Metropolitan Area Mental health Service. It is a government funded organisation.

What YouthLink provides: specialist mental health counselling, consultation, training and community development.

Eligibility: 13–24 years

What YouthLink does: Depression, anger, abuse or neglect, drug and alcohol use, trauma, self harm and suicide, relationships and homelessness.

Referrals can be made via phone by the person in need or others concerned.


Phone: Office – 9499 4274
Triage/Referrals – 1300 362 569 (local call rates for land line only)

Specialist mental health counselling and therapy. Outreach service.

Eligibility: 13–24 years; Marginalised, homeless, disadvantaged.

Operates a joint Triage system with YouthLink Monday to Friday from 12.30pm.


This information is from the RUAH Community Services
Perth Aboriginal Services Directory

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