TRAUMA SUPPORT FOR FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES

The Morrison Government is providing $800,000 for Ngaoara to continue its Trauma Assessment, Referral and Recovery Outreach Teams (TARROT) Project through the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme (IAHP).

 

Ngaoara is a not-for-profit organisation, committed to supporting Aboriginal communities, organisations and service providers to develop and deliver child centred, trauma informed and whole of community responses to complex social issues, and work to eliminate violence against children.

 

The TARROT project was developed by Ngaoara and is an important community program that applies their approach to identify and address the developmental, emotional and behavioural impacts of trauma.

 

The project is implemented by outreach teams made up of primary care practitioners, paediatricians, child and adult psychologists and educators.

 

Using their expertise, they work with local schools and health services to provide support to children who have been exposed to trauma, violence or abuse.

 

Ngaoara implements the TARROT project in communities in Moree, NSW, and Canberra, with a third under negotiation in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.

 

In Moree, the team have been working with the Barwon Learning Centre, which is a special purpose school for children referred from mainstream schools due to attendance and behavioural issues.

 

The team develops therapeutic care plans and coordinates multiple services to support each child’s recovery.

 

In the ACT, the team coordinates access to counselling, cognitive and developmental assessments, tutoring, social groups for young men and women and sporting opportunities.

 

In 2016, the Morrison Government invested approximately $2.4 million over three years to trial the TARROT project.

 

The number of referrals to the project is increasing and it is reaching children with the greatest need.

 

We are investing $4.1 billion in Indigenous health from 2019-20 to 2022-23, an increase of around 4 per cent a year, to achieve our health targets and drive actions under the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-23.