We provide culturally secure, community-based healing services that utilise a trauma-informed approach to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, and adults

The name “Yorgum” is a Noongar name for a large red flowering gum tree which has healing properties. Aboriginal people have used the gum for many years in the treatment of numerous ailments, including diseases of the eyes.

The name is an expression of the life-sustaining image of the living tree. The deep roots, rising sap, branches reaching to the sky, the shelter given and the home provided to the many forms of life-insects, reptiles, birds and other animals. It is a symbol of connectedness and inter-dependence in the diversity of living beings.

Yorgum was established in 1991 by a group of Aboriginal women, some of whom worked in women’s refuges, who were concerned about the lack of appropriate counselling support for Aboriginal people experiencing spiritual, emotional and psychological pain. They founded a service with a ‘healing’ approach rather than an ongoing, crisis-driven ‘patch-up’ approach.

Over the years Yorgum has grown in size and scope of its services, to become a well-respected Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation.


Yorgum through the years

See how a powerful idea can grown over thirty years.


Vision established by group of Aboriginal women at a meeting at Anawim Women's Refuge. Two year Aboriginal counselling course began, funded by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.


Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation for Women is incorporated.


Name change to Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation to enable support for men.


Department of Children and Families funding for sexual abuse counselling.


Yorgum moved 
to a property in Aberdeen Street, Northbridge. Rapid growth in demand for counselling after the move.


Jade Maddox commences as Yorgum's first CEO.


Yorgum relocated to Wittenoom Street, East Perth.


Link-Up Service begins, funded by Office of Aboriginal Health.


Building refurbished to allow for clinical rooms and service delivery for clients.


Workforce Support Unit established across Australia funded by the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.


.Yorgum celebrates its 20th Anniversary


Laurel Sellers joins as CEO.


Yorgum secures Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for Link-Up, Workforce Support Unit and Indigenous Family Safety.


Yorgum begins Intensive Family Support, funded by the Department of Communities. Yorgum commences Redress Support for Indigenous Australians in WA, funded by the Department of Social Services.


Yorgum changes its name to Yorgum Healing Services.


Yorgum secures Disability Royal Commission funding through Department of Social Services.


New partnership agreement on the Closing the Gap targets released based on historic agreement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Lotteries grant awarded for refurbishment of the Wittenoom St premises.


Engagement of Mayi Kuwayu Research School of Population Health at the Australian National University for validation of the Aboriginal Family Worldview Model.

Our Vision is that Aboriginal people, their families and communities are empowered, and have the skills and supports, to improve and maintain their social and emotional wellbeing.

The social challenges faced by Aboriginal communities are complex and interwoven. We understand the significant inter-generational trauma that Aboriginal people have experienced arising from colonial history and adverse policies that have eroded their cultural identity, spirituality, kinship, knowledge, practices and cultural connections. Many Aboriginal Australians continue to be traumatised by racism, incarceration, identity issues, exploitation and abuse.

The effects of trauma experienced by many Aboriginal people impact on their social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) in areas such as their health, relationships, education, lifestyle, finances, livelihood, involvement with the justice system and identity. Aboriginal concepts of SEWB also highlight the importance of country, language, culture, spirituality and ancestors.

Our Mission is to provide all Aboriginal people and their families with a wide range of culturally secure, community-based healing services that utilise a trauma-informed approach to positively impact their social and emotional wellbeing.

Yorgum provides all Aboriginal people and their families autonomous, community-based healing, counselling, support and advocacy services that are culturally secure, trauma-informed and work within an Aboriginal Family Worldview.

We support Aboriginal people to rebuild connections that have been ruptured within their lives, with a view to enhancing their SEWB. We strive to offer a holistic service that supports the whole person in the context of their family and community.

Our Values

Yorgum is committed to upholding the following values in the way we work.

Our Mob First

We put Aboriginal people first in our priorities

Aboriginal Culture

We base our work around Aboriginal culture and practices


We provide safe, welcoming, culturally secure, trauma-informed services


We believe in the dignity and worth of all people, and this underpins our behaviour


We are honest, do what we believe is right, are transparent and reliable


We value knowledge and seek to build up our understanding

Our Strategic Themes

Healing Services

Provide community-based healing services to Aboriginal people that work within an Aboriginal Family Worldview

Evidence-Based Reform

Drive evidence-based policy and systemic reform that benefits the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people


Partner with other organisations to develop culturally secure, trauma-informed services that address the underlying drivers of social challenges for Aboriginal people

Sustainable Organisation

Yorgum grows in a sustainable way into an Australian leader in delivering healing services to Aboriginal people

Our Partners