Gunawirra

Gunawirra is a not-for-profit, member-based organisation made up of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal professionals and specialists working side by side. It is for Aboriginal young women, men and their  children from the ages of 0 to 5

Aboriginal women, men and children are fundamental to the Australian nation. They provide us with rich gifts of an ancient spiritual culture with links to the earth and country.  Their power to survive is born out of a remarkable resilience through an interwoven sense of community that defies all efforts to destroy it.  We  know that a space to grow with a mother freed from anxiety is the best and most nurturing place for any child of any culture or race to develop and that secure attachment and bonding is the essential core from which later adult health is born.

In a spirit of empathic understanding and reconciliation, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal professionals from Gunawirra, each supporting the other, work in companionship and harmony seeking a better and fuller life for Aboriginal and other marginalised peoples in Australia.

Off we Go!

Gunawirra offers projects and programs that encourage young Aboriginal mothers and fathers to avoid the dangers of alcohol, substance abuse, domestic  violence and sexual abuse through every encouragement, self empowerment in the community, group activities and individual psychotherapy.

We work

  • We work to create projects, programs, booklets across 30 NSW preschools. We provide training, consultation and emotional support to Aboriginal and non aboriginal preschool teachers and workers in Aboriginal community Areas.
  • In targeted areas of Sydney inner and outer suburbs Gunawirra provides highly specialised programs that have the immediate purposes of prevention and early intervention for the protection of the infant, child and family unit.

“A growing body of research links childhood experiences of abuse and neglect with serious life-long problems including depression, suicide, alcoholism and drug abuse, and major medical problems such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Two basic processes, neurodevelopment and psychosocial development, are affected by early abuse and neglect. Scientists have begun to understand the mechanisms through which these adverse experiences alter child development and produce pernicious mental, medical, and social outcomes. These insights have opened opportunities to intervene to prevent maltreatment and to mitigate its effects. Future success depends on the greater dissemination and refinement of these interventions.”

(Putman 2006)