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Aboriginal family intervention project
The Aboriginal family intervention project aimed to train and support family mentors who would be able to assess needs, identify required services, negotiate documented care plans, and provide on-going monitoring and review of clients, their household members and extended family group.
This project was designed to:
- reduce the rates of harm caused by drug use in urban Aboriginal households by training and supporting Aboriginal mentors and their supporters to directly access those households hardest to reach by traditional health and welfare strategies
- extend the range of support services with access to the most dysfunctional urban Aboriginal households by establishing a link between established services and household units
- improve the response of household members to a range of health and welfare problems, including life threatening situations such as overdose and suicide
- support the physical and psychological health of those members of dysfunctional households who are taking some responsibility and attempting to assist other family members to deal with drug use and issues.
This project conducted a series of workshops involving a wide range of families and individuals in the Adelaide metropolitan area, particularly targeting people who have expressed a desire to become involved in more proactive efforts to address the high rates of drug use, overdose and suicide amongst Aboriginal people. The aims of these workshops included:
- educate community members about the proposed model of assistance
- identify and motivate people to become involved as mentors
- hear community concerns and adapt the model according to community feedback
- tailor the training program to the needs of those indicating interest in becoming involved.
Abstract adapted from the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc
Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc
155 Holbrooks Rd
Underdale SA 5032
Ph: (08) 8351 9031
Fax: (08) 8352 4546
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