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The Developing a best practice model of holistic health service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates of the Alexander Maconochie Correctional Centre in the ACT project aimed to develop a health service delivery model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and explored the health and well being requirements of prisoners, their families, and the service providers operating in the correctional service system.
The project, conducted by Lowitja Institute, used a capacity-building and participatory action research approach, which means the research partners worked interactively with previously untrained co-researchers and other people participating in the research. This included workers from The Connection (an organisation run for Aboriginal users by Aboriginal ex-users) whose experience of the prison environment was first-hand and profound, resulting in knowledge and skills that were transferred in both directions. Other people who took part were health workers from Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service (WNAHS) and members of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community. The study supported The Nannies' Group, a group which identifies and redresses gaps in community support, and supports ACT Aboriginal prisoners and community members who are victims of domestic violence and are struggling with alcohol and other drugs habits. Their work also contributes towards diverting young community members from offences relating to alcohol and other drugs.
This project involved the following organisations:
Abstract adapted from the Lowitja Institute
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