Social and Emotional Wellbeing

Social and Emotional Wellbeing

Mookai Rosie offers a wrap-around model of care that incorporates social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) support.

Social and Emotional Wellbeing Services

Our SEWB team offer:

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Program,
  • Playgroup,
  • Parenting Programs,
  • Legal Advocacy,
  • Services Australia Support (including Medicare, Centrelink, and Housing) and, 
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families from rural and remote communities requiring support with their social or mental health can access our SEWB Social Workers and SEWB Support Workers through a Mental Health Treatment Plan. These plans can be created with our doctors through the Mookai Medical program.

We have developed individualised and group therapy programs to support our clients’ wellbeing and mental health. In addition to this support, our wellbeing team can assist people with Centrelink, Medicare, parenting program attendance, legal advocacy, identification and housing department support.


Meet our SEWB Social Workers

Josie King (SEWB Team Leader)

Growing up in Wujal Wujal, Josie is a passionate ally for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She has extensive experience in remote communities having worked across Cape York Peninsula for over 15 years. This work helped her develop a strong professional foundation in community work, later specializing in social work.

Her work embodies a commitment to Close the Gap principals, in particular the First 1000 Days of Life Framework which supports families to nurture positive environments in a child’s early years.

Josie joined the Mookai team in 2022. As Team Leader, she is committed to workforce development and mentoring. She facilitates ongoing personal and professional capacity building, actively supporting the team towards further learning and development.

Emily Hapea

Emily has been a social worker for over 12 years and has worked at Kummara Indigenous Family Support Service in Brisbane, at the Well Being Centre in Aurukun, at Centacare FNQ, but mostly at Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan. Emily is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker so can be referred to under Medicare. Emily is a skilled trauma counsellor. She is also well practiced in working with women and families to address substance misuse issues, domestic violence, parenting, and mental health issues.

Emily is very committed to working with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander mothers to ensure that their babies remain in their care rather than being removed by Child Safety. The Mums & Bubs Together program defines the work that has been done in this field for many years at Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan.

Meet our SEWB Support Workers

Rhonda Brim

Rhonda is a proud Djabugay woman from the Kuranda area. She is a leader in the community, known for her extensive volunteer work in rugby league fundraising and coordination. Fittingly, Rhonda’s background is in community services.

Joining the Mookai team created an opportunity for professional development, and she is now studying mental health. She is passionate about supporting survivors of domestic abuse, providing trauma-informed care towards effective intervention and treatment approaches. Committed to work, learning, volunteering, and raising 8 children, Rhonda also acts as a powerful role model for our clients.

Tracey Izumi

Tracey first joined the Mookai team as Activities and Playgroup Coordinator, and is now an integral part of the SEWB team. She brings over 20 years’ experience working in the childcare industry, and is also raising 3 children of her own. She is passionate about supporting women and children to navigate and overcome challenging family environments. As a SEWB Support Worker, she now supports the entire family providing comprehensive assessment and care.

Tracey was raised in the Cairns region and celebrates a rich cultural background, identifying as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Japanese and Papuan. This supports her deep understanding of diversity and inclusion, and its intrinsic value in the workplace and communities.

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