FHEAL began in 2012 in response to the need to find sustainable funding for the work of HEAL at Milpera State High School. A group of sixteen people met at the home of HEAL Coordinator, Jane Griffin, including HEAL staff, Milpera staff, past HEAL participants, a present Milpera student and family, a Social Work Masters student, and friends of HEAL.
HEAL has a longer history, having begun in 2004.
Music Therapy (MT) started in 2003 at Milpera via a practicum placement for MT students studying at University of QLD, and after a successful research project, Carolyn Jones (now Hart) continued MT in the school. (She now works in Music Therapy in Adelaide).
Art Therapy (AT) commenced at Milpera in 2004. It began when ESL teacher and Creative Arts therapist, Jane Griffin, worked with whole class groups in various rooms in the school.
Next came individual therapy work. In 2005, the two therapies joined to become the HEAL program (Home of Expressive Arts in Learning), a school-based specialty mental health program, which caters for the well-being for refugee youth at Milpera.