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Family and Community Healing Program



The Family and Community Healing Program aimed to develop effective responses to family violence in the Central Eastern/Western metropolitan region of Adelaide. The focus of the program was on early intervention and capacity building for Aboriginal families, family and community healing, aiming to equip people with the skills for effective communication and conflict resolution. It comprised a complex and dynamic set of group activities for Aboriginal women, men and youth. Capacity building in mainstream agencies and services was also addressed so that issues of family violence could be tackled within the broader community context.

Strengths of the Family and Community Healing Program included an evidence-based design, holistic approach, clinical focus, committed staff, inter-sectoral linkages, peer support, mentoring, and Aboriginal cultural focus.

Central Northern Adelaide Health Service abstract


Northern Adelaide Health Service
GPO Box 1898
Adelaide SA 5001
Ph: (08) 8222 0800
Fax: (08) 8222 0815

Related publications

Kowanko I, Stewart T, Power C, Fraser R, Love I, Bromley T (2009)

An Aboriginal family and community healing program in metropolitan Adelaide: description and evaluation.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 9(4)

Retrieved 12 October 2009 from

Kowanko I, Power C, Stewart T, Fraser R, Love I (2009)

An Aboriginal family and community healing program in metropolitan Adelaide: abstract (Paper No 76).

Paper presented at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2009. 1-4 November 2009, Darwin

Evaluated publications

Kowanko I, Power C (2008)

Central Northern Adelaide Health Service family and community healing program: final external evaluation report.

Adelaide: Flinders University


Last updated: 5 May 2017
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