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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Indigenous youth healing program



The Indigenous youth healing program is a personal development program for young Aboriginal people in the Darwin region, Northern Territory. The program is intended for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, usually between the ages of 14-17 years, who are demonstrating anti-social behaviour, including offending behaviour. Eligible participants may be experiencing problems surrounding their family life, personal abuse, domestic violence, alcohol and other drugs use, criminal activity, identity issues, poor personal choices or incarceration.

The program is founded on the basis of healing through traditional Aboriginal culture, and aims to provide the necessary tools required for youth to address the challenges they face in their daily lives. Strategies include:

A nine day Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young person cultural healing camp is provided, followed up by support to assist the young person's transition back into their family and community and maintain the gains made during camp.

The Indigenous youth healing program has been funded by the Northern Territory Department of Health and Families and the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Abstract adapted from Balunu Foundation


David Cole
Balunu Foundation
PO Box 40798
Casuarina NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8985 4400
Mobile: 0424 108 979


Last updated: 26 March 2015
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