The connection within the family unit is the cornerstone of aboriginal culture.  We support families with programs that help to rebuild or strengthen these connections.

Programs We Run


SMART Recovery

SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) Recovery is a peer lead group program assisting individuals with problematic/addictive behaviours, including drug and alcohol dependency, smoking, gambling food shopping, internet and more. Guided by trained peers and professionals, participants come to help themselves and each other using a variety of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and motivational tools and techniques.


Mental Health Resilience Workshop

2 full day workshops aimed at building the capacity of community members and service providers, being directly or indirectly affected by mental health issues.

Objectives of workshop are as follows:

  • Explore the mental health healing journey
  • Provide participants with an understanding of mental health resilience and how it can help them and others
  • Enhance participants understanding of how cultural factors can improve mental health
  • Develop participants understanding of how cultural factors can improve mental health
  • Develop participant’s skills in applying mental health strategies that build resilience
  • Expand participant’s range of interpersonal, verbal and communication strategies that can de-escalate the development of potential mental health crises

Increase participant’s awareness of the impact of alcohol and other drugs on mental health


LDAT Friday Night Fun 4 Families

Weekly sessions during school terms aimed at preventing young Aboriginal people becoming involved with alcohol and drugs and/ or preventing interactions with the juvenile justice systems. Participants are provided with peer support mentoring and cultural excursions aimed at strengthening AOD protective factors through encouraging healthy relationships, productive recreation, quality education and social support. This program targets youth aged between 12 and 18 years of age where participants engage with basketball games, table tennis and pool in a fun, encouraging and supervised environment. Dinner is provided on the night and supervised bus transport home is provided at the end of the night if required.

Occasional family outings are also conducted as are some cultural sessions, all aimed engaging family, community and elders.


Aims and objectives of the program are as follows:


  • Reduce boredom amongst Aboriginal youth and encourage recreational interests, through providing a safe environment, playing sporting and social activities.
  • Increase knowledge and understanding about the harms caused by alcohol and other drugs and how to improve communication within families.
  • Improve cultural knowledge and pride.
  • Improve education outcomes for a small group by conductive VET course in Leadership.

Health & Healing Workshed

Breakaway, in partnership with other Bunbury Geographe Aboriginal Corporations, has fitted out a workshed on a property in Glen Iris that is available for community activities.


AOD recovery mentoring service

One on one peer support mentoring provided to community members who are in recovery or working to overcome their dependency with addiction or trying to break the cycle of incarceration. Mentoring is with trained Peer Support Mentors upon request