The Guidestar story…
Guidestar is a practice and consultancy who focuses on working with people with disability and mental ill health. We provide tailored support to individuals, families and organisations within the health and community services sectors.
Guidestar™ (under Guidestar Life Pty Ltd) is a leading provider of customised specialist services for people in Victoria, with a focus on working with people with disability and mental ill health, people with dual disability and their families, and people seeking psychological services.
Our experienced clinical practice and consultancy team work together with individuals, families and organisations within health and community services and are committed to creating strong, collaborative relationships that foster positive outcomes for people.
Our clinicians work within the principles of trauma-informed practice and apply them. Trauma-informed practice is a strengths-based framework grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma, that emphasises physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both providers and survivors, and that creates opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.
Guidestar has adopted a trauma-informed approach to provide a framework of practice for our workforce, to demonstrate leadership and to foster a positive organisational culture based around safety, collaboration and reflective practice.
Guidestar embraces social justice principles and works within the social model of health and health promotion frameworks which inform and guide our approach and service provision. We strive to positively influence health and wellbeing through collaborations and partnerships with individuals and families as well as a wide range of sectors and communities and through adopting a variety of interventions and capacity building strategies that lead to empowerment through counselling, support, recovery, and economic and social participation.
Working together to realise potential and attain optimal wellbeing.
To provide quality, sustainable and responsive services that uphold human rights, create opportunities, promote health and empower people to make their own choices.
We do this through:
- Working together with people experiencing vulnerability, complexity and trauma;
- Working alongside individuals, families and carers;
- Partnering with organisations to achieve best possible outcomes;
- Demonstrating best possible practice; and
- Addressing and overcoming barriers to community inclusion.