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Wheatbelt Community Legal Centre

Wheatbelt Community Legal Centre can assist you in providing advice, information and assistance in:

  • gaining a better understanding of the legal process involved in divorce and separation;
  • making arrangements for children following a separation ;
  • receiving advice about finances after a separation;
  • speaking to someone regarding mediation or family dispute resolution;
  • options you may have to resolve your matter without going to court. The Centre can provide you with advice and assistance regarding;
  • the process of a FVRO application;
  • how to make an initial application and affidavit and assess the likelihood of being granted an FVRO
  • options to settle the matter through negotiations with the respondent (person bound) such as Conduct Agreement Orders
  • how to maintain you and your children’s safety from family and domestic violence;
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Wheatbelt Health Network

Wheatbelt Health Network (the Network) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides multidisciplinary primary care services across the Wheatbelt. Services include:

  • Care Co-ordination
  • Speech Pathology
  • Visiting Specialist/s
  • Pathology
  • Podiatry
  • Counselling
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Doctors
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Audiology
  • Aboriginal Health
  • Disability Advocacy
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Wheatbelt Population Health Services – Avon & Central Primary Health Service

Wheatbelt Population Health is a strong, diverse and high-performing health service that puts the health of country people first. Our priority action areas are:

  • Maternal and child health & development
  • Chronic disease prevention and self-management
  • Public health and communicable (infectious) disease control
  • Aboriginal health

The Population Health team is made up of four primary health services located in the Avon & Central, Eastern, Western and Southern districts of the Wheatbelt. A regional Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Service and a regional Wheatbelt Public Health Unit are located in Northam.

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Wheatbelt Mental Health Services

Wheatbelt Mental Health Service provides free, confidential, quality, community mental health care to people of all ages in the Coastal and Wheatbelt communities. The Wheatbelt Mental Health Service is a team of mental health professionals including a consultant psychiatrist, clinical psychologists, social workers, child and adolescent professionals and community mental health nurses. This service provides comprehensive assessment and treatment for people with mental health problems. The service can provide training and support to other organisations and professionals. Locally based, multi-disciplinary teams are located in Northam, Gingin, Merredin and Narrogin. Regular visits are made to outlying areas within the region to meet community needs. Outreach is supported by telephone consultation and videoconferencing. Clinical liaison is provided to hospitals within the region. Clinical programs include:

  • Aboriginal Mental Health Program (all ages)
  • Adult Mental Health Program (18-65 years)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program (0-18 years)
  • Seniors Mental Health Program (65+ years)
  • Youth Mental Health Program (15-24 years)
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Victim Support and Child Witness Service Northam

The Victim Support Service provides free, confidential counselling and support services for all victims of crime. These services are provided by professional counsellors and trained volunteers. Services available to victims of crime include:

  • Counselling and Support
  • Providing information and referrals to other support services
  • Helping victims write a victim impact statement
  • Preparing and supporting victims during a court case
  • Helping victims obtain information on the status of police investigations
  • Providing support when making an application for a restraining order
  • Providing information about criminal injuries compensation
  • Helping victims understand their rights within the criminal justice system
  • Providing information on the status of convicted offenders in WA, through the Victim Notification Register

The Child Witness Service is a voluntary and free service available to children under 18 years of age who are to give evidence to a court. Trained staff can assist with:

  • Accessing services such as counselling, police, legal, medical and other relevant services
  • Working with the WA Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions and providing the child with up to date information as a matter progresses through the court system
  • Preparing a child for giving evidence in court and providing in court support
  • Helping a child to prepare a victim impact statement.
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The Regional Men’s Health Initiative

The Regional Men’s Health Initiative’s primary role is to deliver community education and awareness programs on men’s holistic wellbeing and health.

The Warrior Education Sessions focus on physical, mental and social/spiritual wellbeing.

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St John Ambulance Service Northam

St John Ambulance provides all emergency services across WA. It covers Wheatbelt area. They provide First Aid training, First Aid kits and supplies, Ambulance and Health services.
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Share and Care Community Services – The Men’s Lodge

The Lodge is designed to provide safe secure accommodation to Homeless men from age 18+. Men accommodated in the Lodge can expect to receive assistance with a range of services including:

  • Employment opportunities,
  • Mentoring,
  • Referrals to agencies such as Drug & Alcohol,
  • Centrelink,
  • Financial Counselling,
  • Department of Housing and assistance with immediate needs such as food, housing, medical, clothing etc.

Referrals from DCP, other agencies and self referrals accepted.

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Share and Care Community Services – Jacaranda House

This program is designed to assist women and children who are homeless.

The program works with the client base towards obtaining and maintaining housing into the future.

Whilst in Jacaranda House, based in Northam, women are offered education, information and support.

This service covers the Wheatbelt.

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Share and Care Community Services – Family and Domestic Violence Child Support

A trained child support worker is on site and will relieve the parent of care if she needs to attend appointments.

The support may include outings with the parents’ permission, liaison with schools for enrolments, play therapy, referrals for mother and or child to a host of other agencies that may assist with the variety of needs the consumer presents with.

These services cover the Wheatbelt and Upper Great Southern, and based in Northam and Narrogin.

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Share and Care Community Services – Homeless Support Service

This service is designed to assist those that are threatened with losing their homes due to financial difficulties, those who are homeless and need support to obtain and maintain long term housing and those who are finding it challenging to remain in one home for any extended amount of time.

This service covers the Wheatbelt.

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Share and Care Community Services – Safe at Home

Safe at Home provides specialist workers to assess safety and support the needs of women and children to remain in their homes, where it is safe to do so after a Family and Domestic Violence incident or ongoing violence in the home.

Once a referral or WAPOL incident report is provided this service completes a comprehensive risk and safety assessment, security audit and planning to allow women to make an informed decision in relation to remaining in their home or to accessing crisis accommodation should the situation be unsafe. The service also provides links into other agencies. The service has the ability to access limited funds to provide increased safety at the home.

The Safe at Home staff will also assist with support to apply for a Family Violence Restraining Order and offer support during the court process. Outreach support is available across the Wheatbelt including Shire of Yilgarn to ensure ongoing support.

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Share and Care Community Services – Magnolia Women’s Centre, Northam

For women escaping Family or Domestic Violence and their children. The refuge can accommodate 2 single women and large families, featuring four family rooms and a total of ten beds, in separate fully equipped unit style accommodation.

The refuge operates 24 hours 7 days per week, the support staff are contactable on 1800 353 122. This is a free and confidential service. This number can be use for telephone support and counselling, to obtain transport to get to safe accommodation or information packages on family and domestic violence.

If crisis accommodation is required and the refuge is full, the worker may be able to obtain alternative accommodation. The refuge is monitored daily with a duress alarm system and safety gates to ensure safe supported accommodation.

The worker may be able to be of assistance in regards to court appearances for violence restraining order or family court issues. The worker can provide basic counselling and outreach support if accommodation is not required. The refuge provide programs for women on budgeting, goal setting, safety plans, the effects family and domestic violence has on children, self esteem and the cycle of violence.

 
Share and Care provide outreach services to Shire of Yilgarn.
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Share and Care Community Services – Hope Cottage

This program is designed to assist large families who are homeless.

The program works with the client base towards obtaining and maintaining housing into the future.

Whilst in Hope Cottage, families are offered education, information and support.

 
Share and Care provide services to Shire of Yilgarn.
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Share and Care Community Services – Men’s Social Support Group

This is an innovative Home And Community Care (HACC) funded program providing services solely to men who fit the HACC criteria and who are socially isolated through circumstances, financial, geographical or disability. The program is accessed by veterans, CACP men, and HACC clients and the program content is decided by the clients. This consists of trips to museums, local race days, Melbourne Cup event, agriculture events, stock sales, machinery shows, local RSL for lunch or a beer, individual support for medical appointments, and other community and in home based activities.

The service is flexible to suit individual needs and Care/Service Plans reflect this by the type of service and time of provision.

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Share and Care Community Services – Suicide Bereavement Service

This program offers assistance to families who have experienced the loss of a loved one through suicide:

  • Assistance to families in the home with support services, caring for children whilst appointments are being attended
  • Assistance with travel and daily living costs if required
  • Assistance with referrals to free counselling (Psychologists), financial counselling and legal services
  • Referrals to other agencies that may assist with other needs
  • Assistance with Information
  • Other supports and information services as required

This service covers the Wheatbelt.

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Share and Care Community Service – Family Assistance Program

This program offers assistance to families who are the recipients of a current health care card who are in crisis with:

  • Assistance to families experiencing difficulty with back to school clothing, books or fee costs.
  • Assistance for families who are at risk of disconnection from essential service supply
  • Assistance to families for assistance with food and/or travel by either voucher or referral to other service outlets.
  • Assistance or referral to other services for clothing or bedding for families in crisis.

This service covers the Wheatbelt.

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Share and Care Community Services – Cuppa Club

The club is designed to provide socialisation opportunities in the community. Various activities are undertaken, from casual cuppa’s to outings, guest speakers and music appreciation, anything to reduce isolation and enjoy life.

This service covers the Shire of Northam.

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Share and Care Community Services – Emergency Accommodation Program

This program assists persons who are at risk of becoming homeless or who are homeless and offers:

  • Short term crisis, hostel/hotel/motel accommodation for the homeless.
  • Information and referral to other services to assist in meeting the ongoing needs of homeless persons.
  • Assistance with part payments of bonds and/or ingoing costs

This service covers the Wheatbelt.

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Salvation Army Northam – Thrift Shop

The Salvation Army Thrift Shop holds a collection of quality second-hand clothing and household items.

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