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Kookaburra Kids

Kookaburra Kids is in SA!



Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation is a non-government organisation that was founded in 2002 in response to lived experience of the lack of support for children living in a family affected by mental illness.

The first ever Kookaburra Camp was held with 16 kids and today over 2800 kids are registered to the Kookaburra Kids Program.

Kookaburra Kids operates in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland (Brisbane and Townsville), Victoria and the Northern Territory and has recently commenced operations in South Australia. The program will roll out in Western Australia in 2020.


Kookaburra Kids Programs

Kookaburra Kids Programs provide evidence-based, age appropriate prevention and early intervention mental health services embedded within a peer based social and activity-based format. Services are delivered to young people experiencing family mental illness with the aim of empowering them to build resilience, lifelong knowledge, skills and abilities so they can reach their potential.

Children attend camp annually, in their relevant age group and location. The two day camps run Friday through to Sunday and consist of recreational and educational activities. A 90 minute psycho-education session, Chat Group, is held daily.

Activity Days are held during throughout the year in different locations. Whilst the activities are a day where children can engage in recreational fun – such as the movies, rock-climbing, workshops, etc – a short psycho-education session is also conducted.

All Kookaburra Kids programs are FREE for all eligible children to attend. The Defence Kids program is funded by The Australian Government and the core program receives funding by way of partnerships, grants, donations and fundraising.

All camps and activity days are staffed with skilled professionals and volunteers from within the community including teachers, nurses, police, psychologists and business people. Training is provided, and all volunteers are required to complete a Working with Children Check and National Criminal Check.


Making a referral to Kookaburra Kids

In South Australia any child in a defence or ex-defence family aged 8-18 years of age who has a family member with a mental illness can be referred to our program. Children can be referred by their parent/carer, school counsellors, teachers, health workers, GP’s, family members and community workers.

Referrals can be made online at All referrals undergo a triage process that can take approximately 2-3 weeks.

For further information you can contact Aaron Tannahill on 0419 796 042 or


Kookaburra Kids Connect

Kookaburra Kids Connect has been developed to form and strengthen bonds between young people living in families experiencing mental illness and to increase their sense of belongingness and connectedness. Additionally, the program will help empower young people by improving mental health literacy and to promote safe and positive help-seeking behaviours.

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