Empowering Our Communities

Empowering Our Communities Initiative

Supporting the wellbeing of people living in drought affected areas.

Enhanced community life

The Empowering Our Communities funding aims to assist community organisations to address local needs and create partnerships leading to better services being delivered where the need is greatest. The program aims to support families, strengthen social networks, improve wellbeing and increase participation of people in community life to enhance family and community functioning.

Funding granted

Country SA PHN (CSAPHN) has been granted funding under the Commonwealth Department of Health's Empowering our Communities initiative to facilitate community-led projects to support mental health, social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention initiatives for people living in drought affected areas.

Project activities

  • Early intervention mental health services, counselling and therapy to individuals, couples and or groups with priority access to higher intensity psychological therapies. Resources and services that individuals can access via self-referral;
  • Wellbeing initiatives, collaborative events, workshops, mental health education on a broad range of topics such as mental health first aid, managing stress, anxiety or depression, and suicide prevention; and
  • Support local workforce capability development and training to support better engagement with and delivery of mental health services to impacted communities.

Primary mental health providers

CSAPHN currently commissions two regional primary mental health service providers within the most affected areas impacted by the dry conditions in rural and remote South Australia.

These service providers have been engaged to deliver additional mental health services through innovative service delivery models that enable more flexible approaches to accessing services.

Country and Outback Health (CObH)

Delivering a blended clinical and community engagement

Community outreach

CObH are delivering a blended clinical and community engagement outreach model for mental health services to drought-affected communities in the Eyre and Upper North regions. The model includes the employment of Wellbeing counsellors to identify and engage with local key stakeholders, promote and raise awareness of programs and participate in a range of community events.

Identify gaps in knowledge and opportunities

An additional aim of the program is to identify gaps in knowledge and opportunities for upskilling local communities and building workforce capacity e.g. provision of mental health literacy or suicide prevention training such as QPR or Mental Health First Aid.

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Murray Mallee General Practice Network

Delivering four Rural Minds workshops

Raise awareness and confidence

Murray Mallee General Practice Network (MMGPN) are delivering four Rural Minds workshops designed to raise awareness and confidence around risk factors, signs and symptoms, prevention tips/techniques and where and how to get assistance. Train the Presenter workshops will also be included as part of community capacity building and ongoing sustainability support.

Delivered across rural locations

Additional outreach mental health services will also be delivered across the more rural and remote regional locations within the drought qffected region.

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Eligible drought affected communities

More than 4800 farming properties are affected by drought

Who is eligible for funding?

In South Australia, with no formal process or programs requiring declaration of drought areas, eligible regions have been based on assessment against PIRSA Adverse Events Recovery Framework Indicators.

Areas eligible for funding are those deemed most negatively affected by drought and dry conditions as per rainfall deficiency and PIRSA assessment of adverse events drought indicators. These regions are shown below.

The impacts of drought can be direct and indirect, resulting in increased fodder pricing, decreased water quality and strain on a number of industries, therefore in accordance with national drought agreement ‘there should no longer be Exceptional Circumstances declarations and associated lines on maps’ thus other communities whom can portray evidence of drought will be eligible to apply for funding and/or support.

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Chloe Oosterbroek

Project and Research Officer

Table 1: Eligible Districts by LGA and Post Code

Eyre PeninsulaFranklin Harbour, Cleve, Kimba, Streaky Bay, Wudinna, Ceduna5602, 5603, 5604, 5633, 5640, 5642, 5650, 5651, 5652, 5653, 5654, 5655, 5660, 5661, 5671, 5680, 5690
Murray MalleeMid Murray, Loxton/Waikerie, Renmark Paringa, Karoonda East Murray, Coorong, Murray Bridge5238, 5260, 5253, 5254, 5256, 5301, 5302, 5303, 5304, 5306, 5307, 5308, 5309,5310, 5311, 5312, 5320, 5321, 5322, 5330, 5331, 5332, 5333, 5340, 5341, 5342, 5343, 5344, 5345, 5346, 5353, 5354, 5356, 5357
Northern Yorke PeninsulaCopper Coast5552, 5554, 5556, 5558
Upper NorthPeterborough, Flinders Ranges, Orroroo/Carrington, Mt Remarkable, Goyder5374, 5381, 5417, 5418, 5419, 5420, 5421, 5422, 5431, 5432, 5433, 5434, 5480, 5481, 5482, 5485, 5493
North East PastoralPastoral Unincorporated Area5701, 5440, 5730, 5731, 5732, 5733, 5734

Small Grants

Promoting community wellbeing

Request for grant proposals

Under the Empowering Our Communities Program, CSAPHN released a request for grant proposals. Applications were sought from eligible service providers located within the CSAPHN regions affected by drought.

Promoting community wellbeing

Applications were encouraged to be aimed at promoting community wellbeing through a range of activities that were group focused, promoted individual and/or community resilience and reduce stigma associated with accessing services and mental illness.

Funded Activities

Round three of the grants will be opening soon and can be accessed via Tenderlink

UniSAWomen in Agriculture Film projectCowell
Livestock SAPlanning and Management WorkshopsMallee, Mid North, Eyre and Pastoral
SOS Copper Coast Suicide Prevention NetworkCarpe Diem free showing and Accidental CounsellingCopper Coast (Kadina, Moonta, Wallaroo, Paskeville)
The Flinders Ranges CouncilCarpe Diem Free showing and Accidental CounsellingHawker/Flinders Ranges
West Coast Youth and Community SupportGrowing Together – Weekend community EventEyre Peninsula (Streaky Bay, Cowell)