Story of Thirrili

Thirrili is a Bunuba word which means power and strength.

When Founding Director and Inaugural Chief Executive Adele Cox first started having conversations about the idea and concept of a not-for-profit organisation that could lead the way in addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention and postvention, she had a conversation with her Aunty, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO, who suggested the term Thirrili. This symbolised the nature of the work that had to be done, but it also acknowledged the cultural links and lineage of Adele who is a Bunuba and Gija woman.

Since establishment in early 2017, Thirrili has taken on the role of being the national provider of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific postvention support and assistance. The service now provides StandBy NT - Support after suicide, and supports the South Australian COVID-19 Virtual Support Network.

Thirrili Ltd embodies the true meaning of its name by operating from a strengths-based approach and provides support to empower the individuals, families and communities we work with.