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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Indigenous men managing anger and substance use (IMMASU)

 

Overview

The Indigenous men managing anger and substance use (IMMASU) program is designed for Aboriginal males living in Western Australia, who have a history of offending behaviour linked with substance use and violence. The program aims to change thinking and behaviour patterns to increase pro-social attitudes and beliefs.

The program assists participants to develop a greater understanding of their substance use and how it links to their violent offending and provides them with the information to help to avoid the associated harms, relapse and re-offending upon release. The program outcomes include:

The IMMASU program is available at the Greenough Regional Prison in Western Australia. It is available to male offenders currently serving a term of imprisonment. All participants undergo an assessment process by Corrective Services in order to determine their suitability. Following this assessment, IMMASU facilitators conduct a pre-program interview to assess the participant's motivation, prior to inclusion in the program.

Abstract adapted from Communicare

Contacts

Department of Corrective Services
Level 9, 141 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Locked Bag 22
Cloisters Square WA 6850
Ph: (08) 9264 1711

Related publications

Western Australia Department of Corrective Services (2010)

Drug and alcohol agency action plan 2010 - 2014: Western Australia Department of Corrective Services.

Perth, WA: Department of Corrective Services, Western Australia

The Department of Corrective Services' action plan outlines strategies to reduce offenders' drug use, improve their health and wellbeing, and reduce the burden of disease and disability on the community as a whole. It also details the Department's aim to strengthen collaborative partnerships with other government and non-government agencies and community organisations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Western Australia Department of Corrective Services (2010)

Offender drug and alcohol strategy 2010 - 2014: Western Australia Department of Corrective Services.

Perth, WA: Department of Corrective Services, Western Australia

The Department of Corrective Services' Offender drug and alcohol strategy 2010 - 2014 has been developed to address the specific needs of offenders in custody and under community supervision by providing a platform to address the harm caused from licit and illicit drug use. The strategy will ensure a range of measures are delivered to reduce offender drug use and prevent the associated harm. The strategy has a strong law enforcement approach, in addition to a holistic rehabilitative approach, to foster behaviour change that encourages law abiding lifestyles by reducing re-offending.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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Last updated: 6 March 2014
 
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