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Mt Theo program
The Mt Theo program, run by the Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation, is a community-based suicide prevention program that was initially developed to address petrol sniffing among Yuendumu community members. Since its inception in 1993, the program has broadened its scope to become a comprehensive development and rehabilitation program for young people residing in the Warlpiri region. The program is comprised of several elements, including:
- Warra-warra kanyi counselling and mentoring
- Theo outstation
- Jaru pirrjirdi (strong voices)
- the Diversionary youth program
- youth outreach services.
Abstract adapted from Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation
Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation
Mt Theo Program
via Alice Springs NT 0872
Ph: (08) 895 64188
Fax: (08) 895 64081
Warra-Warra Kanyi Counselling and Mentoring Service
Stojanovski A (2010)
How the night wind lost the smell of petrol.
Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(5): 10-11
Low S (2008)
Mt Theo program manager's report.
Mt Theo, NT: Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation
The Mt Theo Program (2010)
Reducing petrol sniffing and building community resilience: an update from The Mt Theo Program.
LIFE News; Life News(10)
Retrieved June 2010 from http://www.livingisforeveryone.com.au/LIFE-News-Issue-10.html#117
Preuss K, Brown JN (2006)
Stopping petrol sniffing in remote Aboriginal Australia: key elements of the Mt Theo program.
Drug and Alcohol Review; 25(3): 189-193
Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (2007)
Success stories in Indigenous health: a showcase of successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health projects.
Sydney: Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation
Badger B (2011)
The Mt Theo program.
The Chronicle; 20(1): 23
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