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Our understanding of relationships is inspired and informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s knowledge and practice that sees all things as interrelated.

Kaurna

Kaurna Land spans from Crystal Brook in the north. Cape Jervois in the south, the Adelaide hills in the east and waters in the west. Kaurna land borders Nukunu, Ngarrindjeri, Peramangk, Narungga and Ngadjuri. The term ‘Kaurna’ likely finds 
it’s roots from the neighbouring Ramindjeri/Ngarrindjeri language, showing the closeness between Aboriginal lands.

We acknowledge the Traditional Lands of the Kaurna People and we respect and support their Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual and Emotional relationship with their Country.

We acknowledge the Traditional Lands
of the Kaurna People
and we respect and support their
Spiritual, Physical,
Intellectual and Emotional
relationship with their Country.

Our understanding of relationships is inspired and informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s knowledge and practice that sees all things as interrelated.

PERAMANGK

Peramangk country extends from the foothills above the Adelaide Plains, north from Mount Barker through Harrogate, Gumeracha, Mount Pleasant, and Springton to the Angaston and Gawler districts in the Barossa, and south to Strathalbyn and Myponga on 
the Fleurieu Peninsula. There are also sites along the River Murray to the east where Peramangk people had access to the river. “Peramangk” is a combination of words ‘Pera’ – place on the tiered range of mount lofty and ‘Maingker’ – red ochre skin warrior.

We acknowledge the Traditional Lands of the Peramangk People
and we respect and support their Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual and Emotional relationship with their Country.

We acknowledge the Traditional Lands
of the Peramangk People
and we respect and support their
Spiritual, Physical,
Intellectual and Emotional
relationship with their Country.

Our understanding of relationships is inspired and informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s knowledge and practice that sees all things as interrelated.

Erawirung

Erawirung refers to the Yirawirung and Jirawirung people whose lands are located on the upper reaches of the Murray River in the Berri Riverland. The Riverland also refers to areas surrounding such as: Ngaiawang, Ngawait, Nganguruku, Ngintait, Ngaralte, Ngarkat and small parts of Maraura and Daanggali.

We acknowledge the Traditional Lands of the Erawirung People and we respect and support their Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual and Emotional relationship with their Country.

We acknowledge the Traditional Lands
of the Erawirung People
and we respect and support their
Spiritual, Physical,
Intellectual and Emotional
relationship with their Country.

Our understanding of relationships is inspired and informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s knowledge and practice that sees all things as interrelated.

BOANDIK

Boandik country is located in the Mount Gambier region. “Boandik” or “Bunganditji” means ‘People of the Reeds’.

We acknowledge the Traditional Lands of the Boandik People and we respect and support their Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual and Emotional relationship with their Country.

We acknowledge the Traditional Lands
of the Boandik People
and we respect and support their
Spiritual, Physical,
Intellectual and Emotional
relationship with their Country.

Our understanding of relationships is inspired and informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s knowledge and practice that sees all things as interrelated.

kurdnatta

Kurdnatta country is located in the Port Augusta region. This area also includes the lands of the Barngarla and Nukunu people. “Kurdnatta” means ‘Place of Drifting Sand’.

We acknowledge the Traditional Lands of the Kurdnatta People and we respect and support their Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual and Emotional relationship with their Country.

We acknowledge the Traditional Lands
of the Kurdnatta People
and we respect and support their
Spiritual, Physical,
Intellectual and Emotional
relationship with their Country.

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We come together as RASA, a not-for-profit organisation that exists on the lands of Kaurna . Tarntanya . Kuntu . Yartapuulti . Warraparinga . Para Wirra . Peramangk . Erawirung . Boandik . Kurdnatta .

RASA recognises the world’s oldest continuous living culture. For more than 65,000 years the original custodians welcomed all people to their Lands. They taught us responsibility, reciprocity and connections to these lands, knowing we are all visitors to these places that we live, work, and enjoy.

We acknowledge the importance of knowing these countries, to recognise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their Elders, their communities, their stories. When we learn about Country we recognise the care for the lands, skies, waters, plants, and animals that has always been a part of Aboriginal cultures.

We come together as RASA,
a not-for-profit organisation that
exists on the lands of
Kaurna . Tarntanya . Kuntu .
Yartapuulti . Warraparinga .
Para Wirra . Peramangk . Erawirung .
Boandik . Kurdnatta .

RASA recognises the world’s oldest
continuous living culture. For more
than 65,000 years the original
custodians welcomed all people to
their Lands. They taught us
responsibility, reciprocity and
connections to these lands,
knowing we are all visitors to these
places that we live, work, and enjoy.

We acknowledge the importance of
knowing these countries, to recognise
the Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people, their Elders,
their communities, their stories.
When we learn about Country we
recognise the care for the lands,
skies, waters, plants, and animals
that has always been a part of
Aboriginal cultures.

We are conscious of our privilege to be here, doing the work that we do.
We understand that this privilege comes from the ongoing violation of these
lands which continues to harm Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's

relationships, health, wellbeing and aspirations.

RASA embraces the opportunity to learn from the knowledge and wisdom of First Nations peoples. The knowledge and wisdom we absorb inspires us to work restoratively,
with open-mindedness and holistically, to foster meaningful change in future lives.

We believe that walking in harmony depends on our ability as an organisation to listen, appreciate, collaborate, learn, and speak up.

We are conscious of our privilege to
be here, doing the work that we do.
We understand that this privilege
comes from the ongoing violation
of these lands which continues to
harm Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people's relationships,
health, wellbeing and aspirations.

RASA embraces the opportunity to
learn from the knowledge and
wisdom of First Nations peoples.
The knowledge and wisdom we
absorb inspires us to work
restoratively, with open-mindedness
and holistically, to foster meaningful
change in future lives.

We believe that walking in harmony
depends on our ability as an
organisation to listen, appreciate,
collaborate, learn, and speak up.

This is, was and always will be, Aboriginal land, water and songlines.

This is, was and always will be,
Aboriginal land, water and songlines.

Overview

Who It's For

Residents ‘at risk’ of or experiencing mild to moderate mental illness; or with a diagnosed mental illness that is severe in nature and will benefit from short-term psychological therapies.

How We Help

Individual and group counselling and activities for residents of residential aged care facilities who are experiencing mental health challenges.

What to Expect

The expected benefits of psychological services for aged care facility residents are improvements in mood, adjustment and functioning and increased ability to cope with life changes.

Program

Psychological therapies provided are evidence based, short-term – up to 12 sessions per year and delivered via an in-reach model as either individual and/or group sessions.

Price

The SEW program is free for residents of aged care facilities living within the Adelaide metropolitan area.

Delivery Options

The SEW program is offered face-to-face across a number of residential aged care facilities in the metropolitan Adelaide area. Services are provided Monday-Friday during business hours.

Your emotional wellness is an important part of your general health.

We understand the challenges that come with ageing. Adjusting to changes, loss, and grief, can increase stress levels and feelings of loneliness.

There are often many factors that can lead to feelings of depression or anxiety, including:

Feeling less in control
Grief and loss
Loneliness
Health conditions
Relationship problems
Changes in living arrangements
Giving up activities you enjoy
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Referral Pathway & Decision-Making Tool

To learn more about SEW referral eligibility

Waitlist Management

To ensure access and equity for all eligible residents we have outlined our waitlist management below.

Mental Health Literacy 

We offer mental health literacy group presentations for staff, residents or family members.

They can help you:

• Understanding more about mental health
• Support yourself and others through tough times
• Know what supports and resources are there for you.

Mental Health Literacy presentations are free and guided by trained health professionals.

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Two elderly women sitting reading.

Group Activities

The SEW program also offers group activities to provide strategies in coping with the past and learning practical skills to better manage stress. The groups are therapeutic and a great way to connect with others and gain tools for positive wellbeing. 

Building Connection and Strength by Reminiscing

Many of our elderly people have each experienced unique, world changing circumstances across their lifespan and bring their own individual perspectives. Older generations are also a great source of wisdom, strength, resilience and perspective.

A great way to support and connect in this current time, is to tap into your loved-ones, elders, family and friends’ strengths and successes in previous experiences.

Resources for People Living in Aged Care and Their Loved Ones

We have helpful resources to help you navigate through change and seek out additional services that may benefit your wellbeing or your families wellbeing. 

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FAQs

The program is not intended to support residents with significant behavioural issues, dementia with severe cognitive features and behavioural symptoms which is affecting their wellbeing and care, or delirium. These needs are better supported by specialised services, such as the South Australian Government’s Older Persons Mental Health Service and the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service, delivered through Hammond Care Australia.
We welcome self-referrals, as well as referrals from family and friends. Call 1800 000 739 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
 The program will not duplicate the role of leisure and recreation activities already provided to facility residents.
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