Oonah recognises that its success as an organisation and capacity to bring coordinated services to Aboriginal community members of the Yarra Valley will be reliant on the quality of the partnerships it forges. Partnerships may be formed to support:

  • Direct delivery of services from and by Oonah
  • Co-delivery of services with Oonah
  • Sharing of the Oonah Belonging Place space, and/or other facilities and resources
  • Promotion of information and available supports across the service landscape
  • Development of service providers for culturally inclusive, culturally competent delivery
  • Quality, ethical research and data gathering to inform service delivery
  • Policy development and decision-making
  • Advocacy for the needs and interests of the Community
  • Reconciliation and social/community building activities

The Department of Health and the Department of Planning and Community Development  provided seed funding to establish HICSA.

Oonah Partnerships & Collaborations Examples Include:

Commonwealth and Federal

  • Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network
  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet



  • Department of Health & Human Services
  • Department of Justice & Community Safety
  • Swinburne University
  • Aboriginal Victoria


Local Government

  • Yarra Ranges Council



  • Helen Macpherson Smith Trust
  • RE Ross Trust
  • Towards a Just Society
  • Koondee Woonga-Gat Toor-rong



  • Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • Woor-Dungin, Indigenous Philanthropy


  • Australian College of Optometry
  • Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service
  • Carrington Health
  • Cire Services
  • Coles Healesville
  • Lionel Lubitz
  • EACH
  • Eastern Community Legal Centre Inc
  • Eastern Health – Aboriginal Health Team
  • FareShare
  • Foodbank Victoria
  • Healesville Sanctuary
  • Healesville Women 4 Women
  • Healesville Local Area Network
  • Healesville District Service Providers Network
  • Inspiro Community Health
  • Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place
  • SecondBite
  • Victoria Children’s Clinic
  • Victoria University
  • Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • Woor-Dungin
  • Wurun Child and Family Place
  • Yarra Ranges Emergency Relief Network

Plus many more…