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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:

Abstract adapted from Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation


Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation
Mt Theo Program
Yuendumu CMB
via Alice Springs NT 0872
Ph: (08) 895 64188
Fax: (08) 895 64081

Outstation Coordinator

Warra-Warra Kanyi Counselling and Mentoring Service

Related publications

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

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


Last updated: 7 April 2015
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