Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing

Carlin, E., Seear, K., Spry, E., Ferrari, K. (2020). Kimberley Empowerment, Healing and Leadership Program Evaluation: Final report to Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services. University of Western Australia, Rural Clinical School.


The 2011 Kimberley ‘Hear Our Voices’ Report (1) highlighted the impact of suicide for Kimberley Aboriginal people. The report provided the principles and framework for the development of an Aboriginal specific empowerment program as an upstream approach to suicide prevention, which led to the development of the KEHLP.

The KEHLP is the only Aboriginal designed and delivered psycho-social education program which aims to improve the SEWB of participants across the Kimberley region. The KEHLP consists of three ‘modules’ or learning areas: Self, Family and Community. The KEHLP is generally delivered two days a week over a four-week period.