Wellness Dreaming

Wellness Dreaming promotes the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The Wellness Dreaming project supports staff from across the health, education, employment, housing and employment sectors to use strength-based approaches when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and community.  Wellness Dreaming Messengers can facilitate Dreaming Circles in culturally safe and supported community settings across Melbourne’s north-west.

Wellness Dreaming resources are available for:

  • Existing supported groups which are inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders, parents, men, women, youth or mixed community or working groups/committees across Melbourne’s north-west.  There is no cost for participants.
  • Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff from community controlled and mainstream organisations who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Melbourne’s north-west are welcome to express interest in strength-based training to be a Wellness Dreaming Messenger.  Costs per staff member are determined at the time of contact.

What do I need to do?

For more information about the Wellness Dreaming project or to enquire about being involved in or holding Dreaming Circles contact the Wellness Dreaming Team on (03) 9448 6193 or (03) 9448 6198 from Monday to Thursday or email wellness.dreaming@cohealth.org.au.

What are the costs of Wellnesss Dreaming Messenger training?

Organisational staff – determined upon application.
Community volunteers attached to a group – no cost.

Wellness Dreaming Training 17 & 23 May 2017

Are you a worker with an interest in the holistic wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in community? We are running a 2-day course to to support connection with culture, strength-based practice, positive communication styles, partnership and leadership. Expressions of interest close on Friday 28 April 2017.

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Wellness Dreaming to close the health gap

Wellness Dreaming Project: Program Evaluation Report 2016

A report outlining the findings from interviews conducted with twenty-eight Wellness Dreaming messengers, eight Advisory Group members and a Project Lead.

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Focusing on what is STRONG, not what is wrong

Focusing on what is STRONG, not what is wrong – provides an overview of the project’s journey which began with the foundation stones including Koolin Balit initiative 2015 – 2016 which enabled the Wellness Dreaming Messenger training and the stepping stones to Wellness Dreaming reaching across the river, taking strength based approaches into community settings.

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Dream out loud

Dream Out Loud – illustrates what happens in a facilitated Dreaming Circle using a strong central Balit (Boonwurrung word meaning ‘people’) taking part in activities such as Rapid Dreaming and Stepping Stones. The shadow image in the background acknowledges the some of the impacts of colonisation often used to overlook the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Background branding image of roads representing community