Empowering healing in regional and rural Australia through education and support

Birchtree Foundation

Birchtree Foundation is devoted to changing trauma care across Australia by increasing awareness and access to exceptional treatment services.

Birchtree Foundation

Childhood trauma through maltreatment and neglect continues to cast long shadows over lives, affecting health outcomes well into adulthood. Whether it is mental health issues, dependencies, or chronic diseases, the link between adverse childhood experiences and compromised adult health is now recognised. The challenge is particularly magnified in regional Australia where a scarcity of support services and accessibility issues have created a significant health equity gap.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the rate of generalised anxiety disorders, adding more pressure into Australia’s overloaded mental health system. Despite government Medcare subsidies through a Mental Health Plan, access to 1:1 treatment is often contingent on financial capacity. For those in lower socio-economic groups or reliant on welfare, obtaining 1:1 treatment is simply not viable. But, it does not have to be this way.

Birchtree Foundation is devoted to changing trauma care across Australia by increasing awareness.


We believe mental health care should be accessible for all


We partner with regional towns across Australia to facilitate healing, education, and empowerment in the face of trauma. Our intervention programs in Coffs Harbour, Dubbo and Orange provide youth and adults with critically needed access to free group counselling services.


We focus on training local clinicians to conduct group sessions, fostering local capability and sustainable service delivery. Birchtree Foundation focuses on building a sustainable solution in the communities in which we work.

Free & Inclusive

Our free and inclusive
evidence-based group workshops, for youth and adults, are designed to equip individuals with strategies and skills to embark on their healing journey from trauma.


We work to enhance the knowledge of clinicians, teachers, first responders, and healthcare workers about the impacts of complex trauma and the skills to support their community.

We welcome partners and supporters who share our commitment to address the long limbs of trauma and its impact on regional communities.

If you’re interested in learning more about our work, or exploring partnership opportunities, please reach out to us.


Jace Cannon-Brookes
& Dr Sophie Reid

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