Stolen Generation

The Stolen Generation refers to the systematic removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and communities. From 1883 to the early 1970’s an estimated 100,000 Indigenous children were forcibly removed (for more information please refer to the Bringing Them Home Report). 

Effects relating to the Stolen Generation include:

  • Insecurity and lack of self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness
  • Depression and suicide
  • Delinquency and violence sometimes leading to imprisonment
  • Alcohol and drug abuse and/or
  • Lack of trust and intimacy

Goondir has Counsellors who are able to address a full range of emotional and social problems endured by survivors of the Stolen Generation and their families.

Mental Health
Good mental emotional health is a vital part of overall good health and wellbeing. It is just as important to maintain good mental health as it is to maintain good physical health.  The Mental Health Counsellor is responsible for providing assessment, case management, referral and follow-up for clients seeking assistance with mental emotional issues. Episodes of mental emotional unwellness can come and go in periods throughout people's lives. The Mental Health Counsellor can assist you to understand your personal and emotional issue/s and help to ease the pain and discomfort that these issues can cause. This may involve brief interventions, counselling, initiating and managing planned treatment options, consultation and referral to other agencies or crisis management.

Substance Misuse Worker
The Substance Misuse Worker addresses issues and challenges that are faced by clients with drug and alcohol issues and understands the importance of harm minimisation and advocacy for an often marginalised client group.

Dalby Emergency Relief
Emergency Relief is available to provide financial support to clients on every Wednesday from 9am – 12pm .

Dalby GIRA GIRA Indigenous Women's Sewing Groups
The sewing group is held every Tuesday at Bungeeba from 10am – 2pm.

Goondir Counselling Services ensures professional counselling/support services are made available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Counsellors/Workers provide:

  • Confidential Counselling/Inventention
  • referrals to both Counselling Services & Link-Up Services
  • Confidental referral to "Link-UP" (Qld) Aboriginal Corporation
  • Confidental history taking
  • Telephone or one to one support
  • Stolen Generation information, services and inquiries

Goondir acknowledges all support provided by the Department of Health, Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.