Community Clinics are needed all across Australia, because unfortunately suicide continues to be the leading cause of death for young Australians. By using footy and fun, we make our mental health message as informative and accessible as possible, and forge long-lasting relationships with the areas we visit.
● Whole-of-community approach to visit regional communities
● Use sport as a conduit to discuss mental health
● Build social capacity and assist in connecting community to existing health services
Our work is underpinned by 3rd party evaluation with the University of Newcastle & The Wollotuka Institute.
Cr Rhonda Hoban
OAM Mayor, Nambucca Valley Council,
The Waratah centre
"Please pass on my congratulations to Greg and everyone involved in organising the Academy. I have had very positive feedback from kids who were involved and their parents. I was particularly impressed by the question session at the end of Greg’s presentation. It was clear from the questions that his message had sunk in and I know from experience how difficult it is to get kids in that age group to open up and ask – and yet so many of them did."
Participant and parent
"Hi there thank you for giving my son an opportunity to attend the 1st Goanna Academy launch at Macksville. It was a wonderful experience for my son as well as ourselves... ...Greg should be proud of himself and the road he has chosen as a role model for kids and adults, as well as mental health awareness. It's fantastic."
- Thu, 25 MayNumber 1 Oval, Walgett25 May 2023, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pmNumber 1 Oval, Walgett, Dewhurst St, Walgett NSW 2832, Australia
- Wed, 24 MayDavidson Oval, Bourke24 May 2023, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pmDavidson Oval, Bourke, Mertin St, Bourke NSW 2840, Australia
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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.