Winnunga Nimmityjah Health Services means Strong Health 

Social Health Team

The social health team is an integral part of Winnunag’s work.

Under the guidance of the Social Health Team Manager, the team consists of two social and emotional wellbeing workers, a Bringing them Home Worker, a Dual Diagnosis Worker, a Youth Detox Worker, two Child and Adolescent Mental Health Workers, two Drug and Alcohol Workers, and a Home Maintenance Worker. A Tabaco Action Worker and a Healthy Lifestyle are new additions to the Social Health Team.

The team delivers health promotion, counseling, advocacy and support to clients of Winnunga. Full assessment and case management are also offered. In keeping with the philosophy of community control, clients determine the nature of the services they require to achieve the best possible health outcomes. These services are provided in order to affect positive change for the local community to ensure the survival, dignity and well being for our future generations.

No More Bunda is a smoking cessation program, which offers ongoing support to people who are at all different stages of change. It has been tailored to suit the needs of the local and surrounding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and is delivered in a safe and welcoming environment. The Social Health Team staff have been trained to conduct and facilitate smoking cessation programs, and have modified the program to be culturally appropriate. Feedback is obtained from the community on a regular basis to ensure ongoing improvement and to guarantee high standards are maintained.

The Social Health Team delivers the weekly Men’s Group. Further health promotion is facilitated with a monthly guest speaker to discuss topics around health. The men determine the topics to be discussed based on their needs and interests’, ensuring the program is relevant and meets the needs of clients accessing the program. The Women’s Group is also run on a weekly basis, with a focus on the elders playing a pivotal role in mentoring the younger women and their children.