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Welcome to Attitudinal Healing Western Australia!

Attitudinal Healing Western Australia (Inc) (“AHWA”) provides ongoing educational and support services, including support groups and trainings, to the community of the greater Perth metropolitan area in Western Australia

AHWA is an independent community service organisation that is a registered “not-for-profit” incorporated association under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 of Western Australia. We are privileged to be associated with a global network of groups and individuals sharing the common goals rooted in the Principles of Attitudinal Healing under the umbrella of Attitudinal Healing International (“AHI”).

Attitudinal Healing was founded by Dr Gerald Jampolsky.in the 1970s. Dr Jampolsky was a graduate of Stanford University and was internationally recognised in the fields of psychiatry, health business and education. Over the past forty five years Attitudinal Healing has expanded from small beginnings in California to a world-wide network of independent centres in over 30 countries. Details of its growth and current outreaches can be found on the AHI website link above.

What is Attitudinal Healing?

Attitudinal Healing is based on the principle that it is not other people or situations that cause us distress. Rather, it is our own thoughts and attitudes that are responsible for our distress, and the actions we take as a result of those thoughts and attitudes can hurt us. Healing results when we concentrate on changing our own attitudes rather than trying to change the attitudes of others. Thus, the goal of Attitudinal Healing is self-healing in the face of each life challenge. More details, background and information on Attitudinal Healing can be found under the above tab “Attitudinal Healing” with reference links and audio podcasts, being found under the “Resources” tab.

What is AHWA doing?

In the Perth metropolitan area, AHWA conducts a number of programs including peer support groups primarily using the Principles of Attitudinal Healing as foundations for well-being.

AHWA also provides training and facilitators for guiding volunteers in the support of aged care residents and those living with dementia. This support is largely in the form of the volunteers providing one-on-one companionship with aged care residents experiencing social isolation and those living with dementia. As well as using Attitudinal Healing principles, the training program extensively use the concepts of the Memory Bridge Foundation. A number of AHWA facilitators have attended Memory Bridge training courses.

AHWA has also brought international speakers to Perth, in particular on several occasions over the last few years; Trish Ellis, AHI’s International Communications Coordinator and Michael Verde, the founder of Memory Bridge. Both have given highly regarded presentations throughout the metropolitan area mainly for and at local government venues, including City of Melville, City of Belmont and many others, as well as Alzheimer’s WA.

On the 26th January 2018, AHWA was presented with the Australia Day Award for Community Group of the Year in recognition of its “outstanding contribution to the City of Melville community” and was also presented with an “Active Citizenship Award” for fostering Australian pride and spirit through active citizenship and outstanding contribution to the community..

AHWA would like to acknowledge grants and assistance past and present from City of Melville, Connect Groups, Alzheimer’s WA and RAAFA Bull Creek in the continuance of these programs.

Michael Dillon order of australia award

Michael Dillon receives Order of Australia Award

Well-deserved congratulations are due to foundation AHWA member Michael Dillon who recently received the Order of Australia award. He is pictured with the Western Australia Governor, Kim Beasley, at the investiture ceremony held on 26th August 2020 at Government House in Perth.

Michael received the award for his service to the pharmacy profession, as well as his service to the community, particularly in regard to his involvement in Attitudinal Healing. Michael has been involved in Attitudinal Healing for more than thirty years.

He was a founding member of Attitudinal Healing Western Australia in 2010 and served as Vice-President until 2013. He continues his longstanding involvement as a facilitator with the men's support group and more latterly as a volunteer with AHWA's Build a Bridge WA project at RAAFA Bull Creek.

Our Association has been very fortunate to have Michael as such a hard-working member and in having the benefit of his wide-ranging experience, business acumen and general wisdom in helping guide AHWA in its vision.