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Currajong Aboriginal Health Centre in Parkes, launches Aboriginal Hub Project

Date posted: 27 October 2017

The Currajong Aboriginal Health Centre has launched a new project to offer more support to people with drug, alcohol and mental health issues.

Aboriginal Hub Project is a partnership between Currajong and Aboriginal drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres Orana Haven in Brewarrina and Weigelli in Cowra, NSW.

Norm said they are working on the idea that each journey is an individual one.

'Whether it's addiction or ill health, the blanket approach hasn’t been working,' he said. 'So we are going to try things a little differently.'

The hub is based in the Currajong Aboriginal Health Centre where Enrolled Nurse and Drug and Alcohol Referral Worker, Jacqueline Read, will coordinate clients.

Because Jacqui is well known in the Aboriginal community and knows all the different services available it will be a better assessment system,' Norm said. 'Our clients are already at ease with Jacqui.'

Through the assessment process Jacqui will work out where the best referral for that individual is. 'Part of Jacqui’s job then is to make sure that referral happens,' Norm said. 'There has been a gap identified that people aren’t following through with their referrals, especially Aboriginal clients.'

'So Jacqui will keep in contact, support them until they work through whatever it is they are working through and follow up with after care, he said.

Norm said the the funding body has given the coordinators a fairly wide berth.

Doug said most rehabilitation centres have a four to six week wait. 

'Generally if clients have a supportive network or they have someone who is going to contact them, they’ll be ok while they wait for admission,' he said. 'Research shows one of things that makes the most difference for people to get well is the relationship they have with someone.'

Source: Parkes Champion-Post

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Last updated: 27 October 2017
 
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