Launch of the South West Support Network (The Early Diversionary Support Network)

7 November 2023

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Centrecare Incorporated, Lamp Inc and Wungening Aboriginal Corporation officially launched the South West Support Network (The Early Diversionary Support Network) at the Bunbury office on Monday 30 October.

The Early Diversionary Support Network (EDSN) is a local area referral network, service coordination and specialist service funded by the Department of Communities. It sits within the Building Safe and Strong Families: Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy (the EIFS Strategy), with the overarching outcome of families and individuals are assisted to overcome their risks and crises, are kept safe and are diverted from the child protection system.

The Early Diversionary Support Service is delivered through a partnership between Centrecare (lead), Wungening Aboriginal Corporation and Lamp Inc. We have been working alongside South West Aboriginal Medical Service during implementation in building a registry of potential partnerships for the South West Support Network. It was a standout day for the launch of this much needed service.

Big thank you to Elder Mrs Melba Wallam for the official Welcome to Country with Didgeridoo performer Mr Justin Jetta and to Mr Max Jetta Snr for performing the smoking ceremony.

We had a lineup of speakers of Evelyn Tui - Executive Manager Centrecare, Adj. Prof. Tony Pietropiccolo AM - Director of Centrecare, Kerian Dent – General Manager - Wungening Aboriginal Corporation, Graham Hope - CEO of Lamp, Jacinta Taylor from the Department of Communities EIFS projects team, Terry Kneale, Director of Health and Social Services of South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS)

The announcement of our logo competition winner was also held. Five fabulous entries. Thank you to students from Dalyellup College and Reaching for the Stars program. After the launch and speeches, we all enjoyed a barbecue, kangaroo stew, salads, damper, fruit and drinks together.

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