Gurmesh Singh MP


Aboriginal communities on the Coffs Coast impacted by flooding throughout 2022 will receive additional mental health support to continue their recovery journey.

Galambila Aboriginal Health Service is one of 10 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) in NSW that will each receive $388,000 over two years to design and implement culturally appropriate, community-led activities to support flood-impacted Aboriginal community members.

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said the funding boost will also help to build resilience in preparation for future natural disasters.

“The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government is continuing to do everything possible to help our local communities rebuild and recover after the unprecedented flooding last year,” Mr Singh said.

“We know natural disasters can have a big impact on mental health and wellbeing long-term, which is why I know this funding boost will be welcome news for the Galambila team.”

Minister for Regional Health and Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the support is part of the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s $4 million Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Disaster Recovery Program 2022-24.

“This funding will allow these organisations to continue to support local Aboriginal communities through a range of culturally appropriate initiatives, including mental health and wellbeing activities, community forums, workshops and workforce development,” Mrs Taylor said.

This is in addition to a $2.9 billion investment into mental health services and support for people across the State as part of the 2022-23 NSW Budget.

If you, or someone you know, is thinking about suicide or experiencing a personal crisis or distress, please seek help immediately by calling 000 or one of these services:

  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511

More information about mental health services for Aboriginal communities is available at: