WISE – Wellbeing, Insight, and Skills for Empowerment

What is WISE?

WISE is a group day program aimed at increasing mental health wellbeing and psychological flexibility. WISE is trauma-informed and delivers evidence-based interventions and strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy to help participants identify their values and build a “life worth living”. WISE welcomes people with varied mental health and associated issues. Please note that WISE does not keep a waitlist – books are open a month prior to group starting.

The program consists of:

  • an 8-week face to face ACT/DBT group program
  • access to individual sessions outside of group days (face-to-face or over Health Direct)
  • brief telephone coaching sessions
  • links to peer support
  • referrals to care co-ordination
  • referrals to relevant health care services and professionals

Program Details

Term 4, 2023

Dates:    16th October 2023 – 8th December 2023 (8 Weeks)

When:     Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am – 3pm

How:       Face-to-face

Where:   Banyule Community Health, 21 Alamein Rd, West Heidelberg 3081

Cost:      No cost to participants, but eligibility criteria apply


Eligibility Criteria

  • Participants must be over 18
  • Participants identify as having a mental health issue (does not need to be formally diagnosed)
  • Participants must have basic English literacy
  • Participants must commit to and work towards challenges aligned with their values over the 8 weeks
  • Participants must not be eligible to access a similar service elsewhere
  • Participants must live in or have links to the Banyule catchment, and be able to attend in person at Banyule Community Health West Heidelberg

How to Refer

WISE is open for referrals from 18th September 2023.

There are two ways to be referred to the program:

  • Health Provider referral: If you are a current client of Banyule Community Health, please speak with your Health Care Provider about participating in the group.
  • Self-referral: You can self-refer into the program by contact either Kat Wong on 0436 192 615 or Julie Ristevski on 0438 701 556 or emailing the WISE referral form to WISE.Intake@bchs.org.au

Acknowledgement: Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care. Visit the Department of Health and Aged Care website (www.health.gov.au) for more information.

Disclaimer: Although funding for these Allied Health services has been provided by the Australian Government, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Australian Government.