IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES IN AUSTRALIA
The Goanna Academy was designed to help end the stigma surrounding mental health and improve social capacity to identify, talk about, and manage mental health for all Australians - in particular at risk groups such as Regional Males, Youth, and First Nations communities.
The Goanna Academy (est. 2020) is representative of Greg’s life after football - showing his commitment to giving back to the community and improving the mental health outcomes of Australians. The Academy gives Greg the opportunity to share his personal journey and own battles with mental illness with the ambition to inspire and influence others - especially within his own culture, the Indigenous community.
The Goanna Academy the first accredited & Indigenous-owned mental health organisation in Australia. We are Supply Nation Accredited and Headspace Endorsed.
of Australians aged 16-85 have experienced a mental disorder in their lifetime.
of mental health problems occur before the age of 25.
Mental health issues are estimated to cost the Australian economy up to $60bn annually
Our Founder's Story
"My name is Greg Inglis, from the Dunghutti tribe (Kempsey) a former rugby league player. I grew up in Macksville, part of the Nambucca Valley. I have 3 siblings; one older brother, younger sister and a younger brother. Throughout my life, I have faced a few hurdles. Some amazing memories, some not. I've learned how to build character through these challenges, but having the right people like my family and friends around me, helps me get through the tough times.
Being able to talk about mental health is something I’m passionate about. What I’ve been through will not go away, but talking about my struggles, helps. I hope that something I have said, helps you and let you know that you are not alone.
The Goanna Academy was created to help change lives for the better and break the cycle of rising cases of poor mental health in sectors of youth, adults and indigenous community. I enjoy passing my Rugby League knowledge of development skills on to the next generation of kids coming through the Academy. I want participants to become ‘champions’ of what the Academy is all about and support others who may be suffering."
- Greg Inglis, Founder & Managing Director
Manbarra Woman Deputy Commissioner at NSW Mental Health Commission
Goreng Goreng Man, LL.B UQ BCAE,
Magistrate Legal, Judicial Youth
Corrections & Management
CEO of Rich Digital
Dunghutti Man, Former NRL Player, QLD & AU Rugby League Representative
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Goanna Academy would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians. We value their cultures, identities, and lasting connection to country, waters, kin, and community. We pay our respects to the Elders, the past and present, while we are committed to making a positive contribution to the well being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, by providing services that are welcoming, safe, culturally appropriate and inclusive.
Goanna Academy is Supply Nation Certified. 51% or more Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander owned, managed and controlled.
Supply Nation’s inclusive approach ensures that Indigenous business ownership is accessible to as many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as possible.
If you are in an emergency situation or need immediate assistance, contact mental health services by calling 000.
If you need to speak to someone urgently, call Lifeline 13 11 14
or suicide call back service 1300 659 467.