This Gugan Gulwan Community Art program is comprised of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who may be experiencing alcohol, drug and or mental health issues. The program is designed to alleviate isolation and exclusion.

Art therapy is recognised as a therapeutic method of engaging clients in self-healing, expression, treatment, rehabilitation and addressing any current or previous behaviours of concern. The program has a strong cultural foundation that further enhances the individual’s understanding of self.



The core objectives and outcomes of the Gugan Gulwan Community Arts Program are:

  • Drug and Alcohol information sessions in an informal, non-threatening environment;

  • Healing through Art;

  • Mental Health information and support;

  • Promotion of healthy lifestyles and decision making;

  • Healthy relationship awareness;

  • Encourage and promote cultural practices and understanding;

  • Referrals and linkages;

  • Self-confidence/self-esteem/resilience;

  • Continuity of care;

  • Family and individual support