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“Gallang” is a word from the Jagera nation and means “healing”. Permission was sought from Jagera Elder, the late Senator Neville Bonner AO to use this word for our counselling service.

Our logo

The Gallang Place logo was designed by Aboriginal artist Samantha Meeks and symbolizes the body in emotional, social, cultural, psychological, physical and spiritual health and well being. The background of the logo symbolizes the land, sea and air.

The halo around the head represents the mental and psychological health, The circle around the abdomen signifies emotional and spiritual well being. The symbols that encircle the being depict spirit, culture and community.

The history of Gallang Place

In 1993 a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care professionals shared their concern about the lack of appropriate services for the Aboriginal and Islander people within the Brisbane area. They consulted with the local communities and Elders.  Collectively they agreed upon the need for services with an Indigenous focus to improve the emotional and social wellbeing and mental health for their community.

Gallang Place was incorporated in 1994 under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act. It was established to address trans-generational grief and loss by providing culturally appropriate counseling support. Senator Neville Bonner, a Jagera Elder recognised the significance of this Australian first initiative and agreed to allow the organisation to use the word Gallang.  Gallang means healing and is from the local Jagera language.

Gallang Place was set up in a time when there was no government funding for emotional and social health and wellbeing.  Over the coming years, supported by seed funding from ATSIC, the concept grew from a team of volunteers up until 1996 when Gallang Place launched a fully fledged service.  It was a struggle to secure funding, but after writing to Minister Wooldridge in 1996 Gallang Place received funding from the Department of Health and Ageing to employ a Manager, Counsellor and Administrative Assistant.  Gallang Place received funding from the state government in 2005 to deliver the Youth Suicide Prevention Program and the Youth Support Coordinator.

Gallang Place relies on its strong membership base that is comprised of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 18 years from the greater Brisbane region.  This membership base provides vital knowledge and insight into the experiences, concerns and expectations of the local communities.  Gallang Place’s Board of Directors is drawn from this membership and uses this community knowledge, coupled with professional skills, to set the strategies and directions and ensure corporate compliance of Gallang Place.

In 2012 Gallang place gained national accreditation as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to provide training programs for counselors specializing in social and emotional wellbeing and mental health. Gallang Education and Training (GET) provides opportunities for counsellors to gain nationally accredited qualifications in a learning environment tuned to the cultural and spiritual needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In July 2014 we moved from our long term home in West End to our own premises in Cannon Hill. This has given us a great new capacity to provide better facilities for counselling and training and to manage our rapidly growing services.

So in summary, Gallang Place grew from a realisation by Indigenous professionals of the unique emotional health and wellbeing needs in their local community.  After a long struggle Gallang Place stands as a model service that is directed, managed and delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to their communities, taking control and closing the gaps.

Immediate Assistance (after hours)

Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14

or for life threatening situations –  Emergency Services on (000)

Did you know that we are a registered NDIS service?

Have you considered adding Gallang Place to your Will?

When you donate to Gallang Place through your Will you not only help your community to heal but leave a lasting legacy for the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

To find out how, click HERE.

QIC Accredited

Supply Nation Registered

Supply Nation

The objectives of the organisation are

  • to provide a culturally appropriate counselling service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, groups and families, within the greater Brisbane region;

  • to promote the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, groups and families through counselling;

  • to liaise with non-Aboriginal counselling services where there are a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients;

  • to provide support and service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody and to their families;

  • to co-operate with other organisations to assist in the improvement of the socio-economic future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families;

  • to conduct research into the stresses, trauma and psycho-social issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;

  • where necessary, to act as an advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families;

  • to increase knowledge and understanding among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of their civil, legal, political, human and natural rights;

  • to develop an Aboriginal framework to counselling;

  • to develop a Torres Strait Islander framework to counselling;

  • to conduct training courses for employed, retained and voluntary staff to assist in carrying out the objectives of the organisation;

  • to promote the acquisition of recognised qualifications by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as will enable them to practice in professions related to the activities of the organisation;

  • to support existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations by providing short term and long term counselling services;

  • to promote and participate in state and national conferences of social work / counselling similar to this organisation; and

  • to respect the self determination of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and groups.

Immediate Assistance (after hours)

Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14

or for life threatening situations –  Emergency Services on (000)

Did you know that we are a registered NDIS service?

Have you considered adding Gallang Place to your Will?

When you donate to Gallang Place through your Will you not only help your community to heal but leave a lasting legacy for the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

To find out how, click HERE.

QIC Accredited

Supply Nation Registered

Supply Nation
Noeleen Lopes

Noeleen Lopes

CEO

Indigenous heritage: Noeleen is a Ghungalu woman.

Community involvement: After graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Queensland in 1991 Noeleen went on to establish Gallang Place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation in 1994.

In 1992 Noeleen trained as a mediator with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre, Brisbane. She is the founder of Ghungalou Aboriginal Corporation which works on native title issues and the founder and Director of Gearing Up Investment Pty Ltd.

Background: Noeleen recently won a federal government scholarship for governance training which includes membership to the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has been a Board member of the Southern Queensland Regional Parole Board from 2001-2013 and is a current Director on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation.

Qualifications: BSoc.Wk

Mick Gooda

Mick Gooda

Patron

Mick Gooda is a descendent of the Gangulu people of central Queensland. He is a senior executive with 25 years experience and a record of attaining high-level goals and leading multi-million dollar service programs and organisational reform. He is currently the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Ivan Ingram

Ivan Ingram

Chairperson

Ivan is a Wiradjuri and Filipino man from Parkes, New South Wales. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI).

His professional background has been in the practice of native title law and particularly in native title determination applications, as well as holding academic positions with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) across the areas of native title, human rights, and legal research.

Ivan holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotechnology) from QUT, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University. He is currently undertaking a full-time Doctor of Juridical Science candidature with the University of Arizona in the USA. His research is focused on Australian native title law and how that domestic statutory regime measures against the articulation of Indigenous land rights, self-determination, and economic independence in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Ivan is active in raising awareness of the important role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal professionals play in the practice of law, and particularly in those areas that impact on Indigenous peoples. He has served a number of terms on the management committee with the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland (ILAQ), he is currently the Chairperson of the First Nations Legal Policy Committee with the Queensland Law Society, which looks at advancing the status of Indigenous Peoples’ rights in the development of law and policy. Additionally, Ivan also serves as the Director on the Board of Digi Youth Arts, a youth art company that supports Indigenous young artists in all forms of artistic expression, and on the Management Committee as the Queensland Indigenous Officer of Pride in law, Australia’s first LGBTIQ+ legal professional network.

Shirley Finn

Shirley Finn

Vice-Chairperson

My name is Shirley Finn and I am a proud Aboriginal woman.

I was born in Boulia in far western Queensland and raised on Glenormiston station which is about 130km outside from Boulia and is situated on the Queensland and Northern Territory boarder and near the Simpson Desert. My father was the head stockman and my mother was the station cook.

I was sent to boarding school in Charters Towers at the age of 6 at Blackheath College and completed my school at St Gabriel’s college. I returned to the station to help my father and mother mustering horses and cattle.

My family left the station and went to live in Mount Isa where I was employed in the Mount Isa mines dining hall for 3 years until I was married. My next job was Nurses Aid at the Mount Isa hospital for 4 years.

I left Mount Isa and came to Brisbane where my 3 children could have a better life.

I have worked in the Government and non-Government for almost thirty years.

I joined the Queensland Police Service in 1995 and left in 2002.

I was one of 4 women, Boni Robertson, Isabel Tarrago, Aunty Monica O’Callaghan and Aunty Eunice Watson that started the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women Legal Service in 1995 with the help of two women from the Women’s Legal Service.

I worked with Boni Robertson on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Womens Task Force on Violence Report. I was a Liquor Licensing Officer in Cairns and a Youth Worker in the Northern Territory and came back to Brisbane and the went to Cherbourg to work as the FASD worker.

I completed a Diploma in Child, Youth and Family Intervention and a Diploma in Community Services Work through BCA National Training Group. I also have a Security Licence and currently studying through Open University for a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice 2015.

I was a training officer with Southern Downs Security, where I helped 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people complete and successfully received their security licences.

Patricia Thompson

Patricia Thompson

Director

Patricia (Pat) is a descendant of the Kuku Yalanji people of North Queensland, her parents were born and raised at Cherbourg.

Pat is currently CEO of Link-Up (Qld). She comes with a wealth of management experience across all levels of government and importantly at a community level and holds qualifications in management and strategic leadership.

Pat has represented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at a National level as an ATSIC Commissioner, Regional Council Chairperson and Regional Councillor over an 8 year period.

She is Co-Chair of the National NAIDOC Committee and a member of the State Library of Queensland Indigenous Advisory Group, and comes from a strong social justice background.

Leann Wilson

Leann Wilson

Director

Ms Leann Wilson, Managing Director, Regional Economic Solutions, a majority owned First Nation business.

Leann is a descendent of the Bidjara and Kara-Kara peoples in central and central-western Queensland, she also identifies with her South Sea Island heritage. Leann has been appointed to regional, state and national boards including:
o The Aboriginal Carbon Foundation
o The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation
o The Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council
o Aboriginal Hostels Limited
o The Qld Governments Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Business & Innovation Panel

An entrepreneur of 9 years and former senior public servant Leann has been a finalist in the Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year awards and has been the recipient of The Queensland Centenary Medal. Recently she has been a recipient of the Australian Financial Review 2019 100 Women of Influence finalist. She actively promotes
o Cultural Agility programs based on truth telling and stories of strength
o Trauma Aware and Healing Informed strategic engagement
o Women’s rights
o Meaningful Education, skills development and business ownership

Karen Van Hemmen

Karen Van Hemmen

Director

Karen Van Hemmen is a Ghungalou, Dungidau (Jinibarra Nation) and Kabi/Kabi woman.

Karen has previous experience as a Director on the Board Gallang Place when the office was in Thomas Street West End and is pleased to see Gallang Place take up residence in a new building in Cannon Hill. She is looking forward to contributing positively to the management and growth Gallang Place.

Karen is currently employed as a Client Support Officer at the Inala Indigenous Health Service, and will soon take up a new position as Family Partnership Worker with the ANFPP South Team, Regional Child and Maternal Health – Quality and Innovation at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health LTD (IUIH).

Trish Mene-Johnson

Trish Mene-Johnson

Director

Indigenous Heritage:

Trish is of Aboriginal, Torres Strait and, South Sea Islander woman from the Atherton Tableland Region, Mabuiag Island Torres Strait and, Epi Island Vanuatu.

Background:

Trish has worked in various management roles and served on boards and committees in a range of fields in both urban and remote area Indigenous Communities, representing various levels of government and private enterprise in areas such as housing, education, finance, disabilities and the Arts.

Trish’s expertise is in the areas of program/project development and community development and engagement, marketing, training, public relations, coaching, events management and business management.

Trish has created and delivered programs and community events such as: Australia’s First Black Writers Mentorship Program and Cabaret; Brisbane’s Black, Bold and Beautiful Annual Women’s Day Event, Hot Chocolate - AMR and the Torres Strait Annual Inter Island Volleyball Carnival. Trish has also co founded organisations such as Keriba Mabaigal Torres Strait Corporation for Culture and Heritage and the Qld Branch of Black GST.

Current Status:

Trish is working with the Indigenous community and schools in the Logan City area and has her own Consultancy Business.

Qualifications:

Master Practitioner – Neuro Linguistic Programming
Master Practitioner – Matrix Therapies
Practitioner – Reiki & Timeline Therapy
Advanced Mastery Certified Life Coach
Certified Business Management
Certified Frontline Management
Certified Training & Assessor

Indigenous counselling services

Welcome to Gallang Place

Gallang Place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation Counselling Services is YOUR organisation. Our Board, managers and staff are all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, so we understand and respect your community and culture.

We are here to help our community grow stronger by providing culturally appropriate counselling and support services.

Our goal

“is to provide and further develop culturally appropriate counselling responses to enhance the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

Find out how we may be able to help you or your family. Contact us today.

Immediate Assistance (after hours)

Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14

or for life threatening situations –  Emergency Services on (000)

Did you know that we are a registered NDIS service?

Have you considered adding Gallang Place to your Will?

When you donate to Gallang Place through your Will you not only help your community to heal but leave a lasting legacy for the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

To find out how, click HERE.

QIC Accredited

Supply Nation Registered

Supply Nation