Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island mothers, families and communities to intervene in their own lives

The mission of Gunawirra is working together with communities to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island mothers and children. We do this by delivering innovative, transformational and culturally appropriate programs fully evaluated by research. 

We empower young Aboriginal and Torres Strait mothers to break the cycle of suffering. Our programs focus on healing intergenerational trauma and promoting maternal nurturing through the influence of cultural knowledge and art. 

Our Impact

2109

hours of Art Therapy

26

NSW pre-schools supported

5873

Care Packs, Books and Toys distributed

Young Aboriginal Mothers

Group programs that support Aboriginal women from pregnancy through to their child starting school to build stronger, safer and healthier relationships.

Preschool Program

Early intervention programs that emphasise learning about Aboriginal culture, Nutrition, Family and Elders, Storytelling and Indigenous Art for holistic learning.

Journey to Learning

This program shares Aboriginal cultural knowledge and art to connect children to their heritage, and to share valuable knowledge with educators and communities.

Teacher Training

Teachers learn resilience and skills to support children who have experienced trauma by understanding the relationship between culture, identity and healing. 

Where We Work

Gunawirra works with preschools across NSW.

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Gunawirra resides on Wangal country. Gunawirra acknowledges the Wangal people as being the traditional owners of this land. Gunawirra pays respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. Gunawirra also wishes to acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and their communities of Australia, and we respect and recognise that they still have a strong continuing connection to their culture, land, water and community. 

During these difficult times, I wanted to inform and update you on how Gunawirra is approaching the Coronavirus pandemic.

Gunawirra plans to follow the Series of National Guidelines that has been developed in consultation with the Communicable Disease Network Australia. Our organisation also aims to operate - at its best - alongside the NSW Health and Educational Departments guidance and according to the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW).

Gunawirra will continue to manage its activities to the community by developing a management practice able to balance the control the risk of spreading the communicable disease, on one side; and deliver an effective service to its community, on the other side.

Gunawirra has already established web support to our two mothers groups here in Sydney. The support we are providing is therapy, connection to culture, health and wellbeing, speech therapy, a nutritionist, while also offering care packs, art and craft packs and cooking items. 

For our many preschools and primary schools attached to our Country programs, Gunawirra has established web, phone and email support for the children, families, teachers and communities.

We have also created Aboriginal cultural videos for our schools so that the children can still be connected to their culture and heritage. Please visit our Video Gallery to view our many videos. 

I want to assure you all that Gunawirra is committed to our work and I know that we will all get through this crisis together

Yours sincerely

Graham Toomey

CEO