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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Something better

 

Overview

The Something better project was established to reduce the incidence of youth suicide among Indigenous communities in the Cape York region of Queensland. Initially delivered to youths in Wujal Wujal, Hopevale, Mapoon, and Napranum, the project has since expanded to include young people in Coen, Kowanyama, the Northern Peninsula Area, and Lockhart River.

The project provides at-risk youth, aged between 8 - 16 years, with the opportunity to take part in structured activities including sport, outdoor and indoor recreation, and cultural events. In addition to the structured activities, the project also runs suicide education workshops for community members and service providers in collaboration with the Dr Edward Koch Foundation focusing on risk factors, warning signs, and triggers.

The Something better project has recently expanded to include role models - members of the Cape York Family Violence Prevention Legal Unit and traditional owners of the Cairns region. The role models provide young people with an opportunity to develop positive relationships with adult members of the community who they can then turn to when faced with challenging situations.

This initiative is being delivered through the Police Citizens Youth Club, Indigenous Business Unit, with funding provided by the Department of Health and Ageing.

Contacts

Liv Gray
Development Coordinator
Cape York PCYC
PO Box 7419
Cairns QLD 4870
Ph: (07) 4040 4928
Fax: (07) 4031 5146
Email:Gray.LivC@police.qld.gov.au

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Last updated: 3 September 2013
 
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