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GPO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601

e t 133 427

Melaleuca Place (ACT Trauma Recovery Centre)

What’s in a name?

The name chosen for the Trauma Recovery Centre is Melaleuca Place.

A Melaleuca tree is part of the myrtle/eucalyptus family and is an evergreen tree. Melaleuca is derived from the Greek word melas, meaning black or dark and leucon meaning white1.

Melaleuca’s are able to adapt to harsh and difficult conditions, they are highly fire tolerant and their leaves are known for their natural healing and soothing properties.

Historically, Melaleuca trees have had a wide variety of cultural uses. They have been used as a food source by Aboriginal people, in traditional aboriginal medicines and as an important source of water in the dry season1. The bark of some melaleucas was used to heal wounds and today the oils derived from the leaves are used in Tea Tree oil based products.

The Melaleuca species chosen for the site is Melaleuca Armillaris and a tree will be planted on the day of the launch by Minister Burch. This species is planted widely in Southern Australia and often used in domestic gardens. The planting of a Melaleuca tree on the day of the launch will symbolise the commencement of the service and the ‘grounding’ of the centre in the local area.

The use of the word ‘Place’ instead of ‘House or ‘Cottage’ was decided upon after consultation with young people from CREATE; the peak body representing children in Out of Home Care.

By using Melaleuca Place, and not having a reference to trauma or therapy in the title, the type of service being offered at this site is de-identified. It is hoped that this will reduce any stigma attached to children attending - as they can simply inform friends they are ‘visiting Melaleuca Place this afternoon’ or ‘MP’.

1 (Brophy, 2013)

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