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About CatholicCare

CatholicCare, previously known as Centacare, has grown from the grass roots of volunteering to the leading not-for-profit community organisation we are today.  We started in 1957 with a very humble and noble premise, to help people. This has not changed or wavered in 60 years.

From the extensive coastline, to the Snowy Mountains, to the rolling hills and flat plains out west, our geographical diversity reflects our client base and the wide range of support services available to anyone in need. Whether it is counselling, family support, homelessness, NDIS services, mental health, aged care, youth outreach, drug and alcohol or housing support you need, we are here to help you.

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At CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn we recognise that it is our people, their drive, loyalty and commitment to delivering a great service for the community that truly makes the difference.

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When an organisation is as diverse as CatholicCare, your generous donation can contribute to supporting people to make a difference in many ways. Your donation will go towards the various programs and services that CatholicCare provides throughout Canberra and the surrounding Southern NSW Regions.

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Latest news
Subsidised Mental Health Service for Children with Depression and Anxiety
July 11, 2018
Today saw the launch of a new program that shines a light on the need for mental health services for children 12 years and under experiencing symptoms of mild to severe anxiety and depression with barriers to accessing Medicare services. These children and their families can now access primary mental health support with no out of pocket costs through the “Next Step” mental health program. Capital Health Network (CHN), through the ACT PHN programme, engaged CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn to provide this much needed service that will be delivered by specially trained clinicians who offer up to 16 sessions, to children across the ACT requiring support. Chief Executive of CHN, Gaylene Coulton has welcomed the commencement of the program, stating that early intervention is key, “Data suggests that the prevalence of mental health disorders in Australian in young people and their use of services for these problems has significantly increased between 1998 and 2013-14.  As such, providing early identification and intervention to children before adolescence aims to prevent long term mental health issues and to support healthy growth and development.” said Ms. Coulton. Anne Kirwan, CEO of CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn said “We are seeing increased demand for early intervention mental health services from children and families in the ACT who want to access mental health and counselling services, but are not in a financial position to do so.  This new program will aim to address that need and enable children who are experiencing symptoms of mild to severe anxiety and depression gain access to specially trained clinicians” Ms. Kirwan said. Next Step Child Under 12 programs are part of the broader suite of Mental Health programs offered through Next Step that are already available for young people and adults requiring support for anxiety and depression. For more information please visit www.next-step.org.au   
Hands on Studio at Art Not Apart Event
March 7, 2018
Hands on Studio will be taking part in the Art Not Apart exhibition next Satruday 17 March 2018. This project was inspired by Stephen Corsini who is one of Hands On Studios longest standing artists and has been making wonderful humans for decades. The Hands On artists worked together to create an imaginative bright community, each large soft sculpture person has its own flair, taste and dreams. You will find the soft people on Philip Law Street on the outside of Makeshift. Please join us between 2pm and 3pm on the day in New Acton as we create a new giant being, the more helpers the more wild this being will be. For more information check the website: https://artnotapart.com/artist/2018/hands-on-studio/ or contact The Hands On Studio manager Tilly Davey on 0406 378 613 or tilly.davey@catholiccare.cg.org.au
ACT and NSW Agencies Talk Drugs, Alcohol & Mental Health
November 29, 2017
Today saw the culmination of over one hundred community sector workers in what is Canberra’s biggest forum for drug, alcohol and mental health services. When there is a co-occurring condition of alcohol and/or drug use and mental health conditions, this is known as comorbidity. Evidence has shown that when both conditions are treated at the same time the outcomes are more effective. Therefore it is important for mental health and alcohol and other drug services to collaborate and work together. A recent statistic from the Australian Bureau of Statistics National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing determined that of those who used illicit drugs in the previous 12 months, 63% reported having a mental health disorder during the same period. For these reasons and more, CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn hosted the 10th Annual Comorbidity Interagency Day for agencies to network and strengthen interagency partnerships and referrals, to better support individuals with comorbidity. Given the level of commitment this work requires from staff and the resulting burn out rate, the theme of this year’s event was to look after yourself so you can better look after others. The service workers were invited to participate in Tai Chi, and listen to a guest speaker from Relationships Australia discussing strategies for self –care. Among the exhibitions, there was a particular focus on young people, the homeless and individuals engaged in the criminal justice system, as these groups are identified as being the  most affected by comorbidity. For further information about the day or for any media enquiries please contact Aerin Gordon Heinrich on 0419 555 560.
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