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What we do

We specialise in recovery-oriented mental health and psychosocial wellbeing. We offer flexible NDIS services tailored to the individual needs of our clients.  

Our team includes highly skilled Wellbeing facilitators, Support Coordinators and Recovery Coaches.

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We believe that quality mental health services should be available to as many people as possible. Our aim is to do that.

Since launching in 2018, Candella has



hours of support

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treated with respect and dignity in 2023

Our Approach

We hope to make a positive difference to people, their families, and their communities.

Candella’s approach to providing mental health support focuses on:

Putting clients at the centre


Building independence

Working collaboratively

News & Events

The power of support: Stephen’s journey of self-discovery and creative expression through Candella. 

In the midst of life's struggles setting out and achieving your goals can sometimes feel like trying to make your way through a maze. For Stephen, a Candella client with a passion for writing poetry, his journey became a testament to the power of having the unwavering support of his Candella Wellbeing Facilitator Ben..
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National Reconciliation Week 2024- ‘Now More than Ever’

During National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 27 May-3 June we have captured reflections from Candella employees around reconciliation, and it's connection to our work at Candella. Read more

A beacon of hope: the impact of relatable queer workers at Candella 

In the midst of adversity, Phoenix found a guiding light in the form of KC a queer Wellbeing Facilitator at Candella. His journey reflects the profound significance of having relatable support during times of struggle, especially within the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Lived experience? That’s us.

A recent survey of Candella employees has revealed how much lived experience there is amongst our workforce. Three quarters (75%) of Candella employees have a lived experience of mental health issues Two thirds (65%) have a lived experience as a carer of a person with mental health issues Half (48%) have a lived experience of disability.

Candella wins grant for research project

Candella has been awarded a grant for a research project to help make Victorian workplaces more mentally healthy for trans and gender diverse (TGD) people with psychosocial disabilities. The project is funded by the Victorian Department of Health as part of the Diverse Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Grants Program.

Embracing Change and Progress: A Year-End Message from Aaron Ford, CEO of Candella

Candella CEO, Aaron Ford, reflects on the transformative journey of the past year, highlighting initiatives like the Employment Pathways program, and sharing insights from the Client Feedback Survey. Join Candella in our commitment to mental health, inclusivity, and positive change, with a glimpse into the promising year ahead.
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Towards inclusive employment for psychosocial disability

People with psychosocial disability are among the most underemployed groups in our society, with only 26% in part-time or full-time work. Yet we know that may people with psychosocial disability can work and want to work. Too often, stigma, discrimination, and a lack of suitable accommodations are barriers to inclusive employment. To help address these issues, this week Candella engaged in a public consultation for the proposed Disability Employment Centre of Excellence.
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Candella’s commitment to Reconciliation through our Reflect RAP

We are proud to announce Candella's commitment to our 'Reflect' Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), a significant step towards formalising Candella's dedication to fostering unity in Australia. 

Examining employment barriers and enablers for people with psychosocial disability

Many people with psychosocial disabilities want to work and can work, but they often experience barriers to employment. At Candella, we are committed to reducing this disparity by making employment more accessible, inclusive, and sustainable.
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Candella Day 2023

On Wednesday, October 25th, the Candella workforce gathered in Melbourne's Docklands for a day dedicated to enhancing connections, fostering a sense of belonging, and reinforcing our collective purpose.

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