Acacia EAP is an experienced provider of Employee Assistance Programs, offering industry-leading wellbeing services to organisations across Australia and internationally. Our mission is simple – to give each client an experience which exceeds expectations in service, quality, and outcomes to make a real difference in the lives of your people and communities. We are deeply experienced in delivering a strong framework of professional and confidential psychological services on a regular basis.
The Acacia Connections Group knows that every connection matters™.
We will be always be there for yourself and your employees to provide support, guidance, and counsel to ensure our clients are in a better place, free from the tragedy of what occurs far too often. We will not treat your people as a number, but as a person who has reached out in need of professional support and care.
The Acacia Story
Every day, 8.6 Australians take their own lives by suicide – 3,139 each year. Six of those are men. They leave behind a trail of heartbreak, experienced by the family members left behind and the thousands of affected children that are impacted throughout their entire lives.
As a child, Acacia Connections’ founder, Greg Kentish, was told the story of his own father who lived the majority of his life without his father. Killed in WWII, Greg was greatly affected by the heartbreak and lifelong impact his father experienced due to losing his dad at the tender age of six.
Greg Kentish believes truly helping people with the highest-quality Employee Assistance Program in Australia will help to save the many spouses, partners, and children from the effect of losing their parent and the deep, multigenerational impact that carries on from this sudden death.
Greg is inspired by his grandfather’s tenacity, generous heart, and pure desire to help those in need as a life-long calling, something Greg continues each day.
Acacia Connections’ history is a deeply personal pursuit that continues the helping work that Len Kentish did in the 1930s and 1940s as a Coastwatcher. Len’s legacy as a Coastwatcher involved helping and supporting hundreds of Australian lives in the Northern Territory – a legacy Greg will continue by helping millions of Australians and International-based people through Acacia Connections.
On the 19th of February 1943, Len Kentish, only 35 years old, was murdered by his Japanese captors in a unique and tragic war story rarely known in Australia. Len was the only Australian civilian captured and killed as a Japanese POW from Australian waters in Darwin during WWII.
Len’s murder left his family with a widow at 38 years old and three children, aged eight, six, and two, without a father for the rest of their lives. This had an incredible affect on this family and still does today.
You can read more about Len Kentish’s story here.
The Meaning Behind Our Name
Acacia Connections was established to be a high-quality Employee Assistance Program and workplace support organisation. The symbolism of our name and logo supports our mission.
The acacia tree is known as the ‘perfect’ tree, symbolising the revival of life. Its uniqueness is found in its bark that has been used as a medicine. This tree is highly drought resilient, providing shelter and a safe space, even in the most remote locations. The acacia tree enriches its surroundings by fertilising the ground with leaf litter and blooming spectacular yellow flowers. These yellow flowers represent optimism, enlightenment, and happiness. They encourage communication and carry the promise of a positive future.
Connection, as our name describes, is what we do. Connection is the core of our business. We pride ourselves in our ability to connect people with our professionals, whether it be your human resource managers, business managers, or employees accessing our services. At Acacia Connection, every connection matters.