Head Yakka

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Combining our smarts with our capacity for hard work to bring about meaningful change.

In 2019 Outback Futures launched a campaign in partnership with the Barcaldine Regional Council called Head Yakka. The campaign is a tool to facilitate common purpose, conversation, activity and outcomes in all ages and parts of the community as together we combine our smarts (HEAD) and our capacity for hard work (YAKKA) to bring about meaningful change. 

We are currently working with staff at all levels of the Council to better understand, value and advocate for mental health and well-being in themselves, their families and the community as a whole.

We are excited to be developing together some desired outcomes and measures of success for this campaign via community round table meetings, and creating a meaningful program that will engage all ages, and impact mental health for the long term.  


Outback Futures has witnessed enormous transformation in the Barcaldine region over the last few years, with the region challenging cultural norms about help-seeking and utilisation of mental and allied health services. We want to build on this strength and insight to realise positive shifts in outcomes for kids, families and businesses into the future. 

This partnership will focus on achieving several key objectives including: reduction in suicide; reduction in rates of anxiety and depression; increased safety around help seeking /vulnerability; better understanding of and utilisation of local services. 

Ultimately, we are working to ensure children, individuals and families can understand and appreciate the power of good mental health and holistic well-being with clear and effective tools of resilience; and that the community feels confident to advocate for high quality mental health services and their own wellbeing.


  • Strengthening community mental health and wellbeing
  • An intergenerational approach to suicide prevention
  • Caring for self and others
  • Connecting people with their mental health and wellbeing needs and options


  • An institution
  • A set of rules
  • About illness
  • About judgement
  • About being alone
  • Being imposed
  • A service provision or emergency response
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"I know of lives that have been saved and marriages that are still together because of this initiative and it doesn’t get better than that.”

Steven Boxall, Barcaldine Regional Council CEO (2018-2020)

Let's have a yarn about Mental health

Join Head Yakka Yarns podcast host Tom Greer-Smith for a chat with Selena Gomersall - psychologist and CEO of Outback Futures. Selena gets personal, and shares her own mental health journey, from a teenager dealing with change and trauma, and now as an adult.

Next Head Yakka Yarns episode coming soon!

To find out more about how you can get involved, or to seek support for yourself or others, please call Outback Futures on 0417 703 729 or email our team at info@outbackfutures.org.au.