We’re dedicated to helping others, no matter how difficult or complex the challenge.

Our specialised team of mental health clinicians provides free support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples aged 12+ across the Northern NSW region.

The team is based at 133 Ballina St in East Lismore and also visits locations across the region, including Ballina, Wardell, Cabbage Tree Island, Lismore and surrounding areas. We can meet you at a convenient location, on a day and time that suits you.

About the service

Our Strong Community clinicians can provide culturally appropriate support to help you address mental health challenges. Our supports will be integral to healing people, families, kinship networks and communities.

We will work with you to develop strategies to better understand and manage the impacts of difficult life experiences. Our focus is on empowering your recovery and building resilience.

Our clinicians will meet with you 1:1 or with you and your family/carers. Most appointments run for 1-2 hours. All services are free.

How do I get started?

Give us a call on 1300 727 957 and we can answer your questions. If you are already linked in with a regular GP or any other health care professional who knows you well, they can complete a referral on your behalf. Please let us know if you would first like to speak or meet with a Mental Health Clinician to learn more about the service.

How much does it cost?

Strong Community is a free mental health support service.


We accept referrals from:

  • GPs
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Health or community support services
  • Family / Carers / Kin
  • Teachers / Guidance Officers

If you are a health provider and would like to refer a person to the Strong Community, please complete our online referral form.

Come join our team

We are building an amazing team to deliver services. We are looking for:

  • 1 x Admin Officer (part-time)
  • 5 x Mental Health Counsellor (full-time)

Mental Health Counsellor (ATSI Identified Position)

You will deliver 1:1 counselling/case management and group programs out and about in the community and at our service hub located in Lismore. Health promotion at local community events across Northern NSW is also a key element of the role.

Admin Officer

You will be the initial contact point for our clients. Your administration, organisation and warm customer service skills will contribute to the success of our program. You will also support our team on key operational matters and coordinate events.

Identified Positions

Most of these positions are “identified positions”. Lives Lived Well considers that being an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person is a genuine occupational requirement under s25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld).

Apply now

To view the full job ads including roles and responsibilities and selection criteria go to Seek here: https://www.seek.com.au/job/59230958 or https://www.seek.com.au/job/59169445.

Benefits of working for Lives Lived Well

Here is what we have on offer:

  • Wellness leave – up to 5 extra paid days off each year.
  • Salary packaging – full salary packaging can increase your take home pay by approx. $6k per annum, subject to the number of hours worked.
  • A focus on wellbeing – self-care, support and a holistic view of health and wellness.
  • Learning opportunities – a comprehensive induction program and ongoing capability development.
  • We will listen to you. Our people have important insights.\

For a confidential chat, please contact Jody Wilcox, Assistant Manager on 0447 116 339. If you require guidance on submitting your application, please email [email protected]

You will be an engaging individual with the ability to connect with clients who are navigating mental health challenges and difficult life experiences.

This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals who share our ethics and values and have a true passion for making a difference in their local community. Our people ARE our impact.

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Lives Lived Well acknowledges the peoples of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia, respecting their continuing connection to land, culture and community. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future. 

Lives Lived Well celebrates diversity and is committed to providing inclusive services. Everyone has the right to live well, with dignity and respect. We offer support to all people without judgment or discrimination.