Supports for First Nations peoples
First Nations peoples are the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Below are services and supports for First Nations peoples.
There is a lot of information.
Some words can be hard to understand.
You can ask someone to read this information with you.
An interpreter is a person who changes words from your language to a language someone else understands.
The Translating and Interpreting Service provides onsite and on phone interpreting.
To contact the service
- Call 131 450
The National Interpreting and Communication Services provides interpretation for some of the different First Nations sign languages.
The hours can be paid under NDIS interpreting hours.
For more information go to https://www.nicss.org.au/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander.html
NDIS is short for National Disability Insurance Scheme.
2M Language Services can provide interpreters for some of the First Nations languages.
These interpreters cost money.
For more information about the service go to https://www.2m.com.au/interpreting-services/indigenous-language-interpreting/
Lifeline Australia provides crisis support in different languages.
You can ask to speak to someone in your language.
Mental health is about
- How you think
- How you feel
Proppa Deadly is a talk show where First Nations people tell their stories about mental health problems.
For more information about Proppa Deadly go to https://triplea.org.au/listen/programs/lets-talk/proppa-deadly-napsia-vin-thal/
A mental health problem is when your feelings start to worry you.
Trauma and Grief Network has helpful information and tips about dealing with trauma and grief for First Nations peoples.
Trauma is when something has happened to you that made you very frightened or upset.
Grief is when you have lots of different feelings when someone dies.
Beyond Blue also provides information about dealing with discrimination because of your First Nations background.
For more information go to
First Nations Disability Network provides advocacy and support for First Nations peoples with disability.
Advocacy is having your voice heard so your rights and needs are met.
You can have needs in many areas of your life.
Rights are rules about how everybody should be treated fairly.
A right is something everyone has.
National Indigenous Postvention Service provides support for First Nations people and communities affected by suicide.
To contact this service call 1800 805 801.
Suicide is when you kill yourself on purpose.
If you want to kill yourself call 000 now to talk to someone who can help you.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mediation provides free mediation.
Mediation is when a person comes to support people after they have big arguments or fights.
All Together Now provides information for people who want to report racism.
Racism is when people discriminate against you because of your culture or background.
Discrimination is when someone is treated badly because of something about them they cannot control.
Wuuwi Gambling can provide counselling services for First Nations peoples with gambling issues.
Gambling is when you play games for the chance to win money.
Counselling therapy is when you chat with mental health workers about
- Issues in your life
- Ways you can fix these issues
Mental health workers are people who work to help you with your mental health.
Your Room provides information on services that support First Nations peoples to reduce the harm caused by alcohol and drugs.
They also provide culturally safe phone counselling and referral.
A referral is when someone suggests you see a worker who can support you.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has a search tool to find First Nations health workers near you.
The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation provides a list of Aboriginal community health centres in NSW.
For more information about the community health centres go to https://www.naccho.org.au/naccho-members/