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$20 million boost for Aboriginal in-home-care

Date posted: 14 February 2018

An organisation supporting the health and wellness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Kwinana and Rockingham in Western Australia has welcomed a $20 million tender aiming to reduce the number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care.

Earlier this month, the State Government announced a consortium of four Noongar Aboriginal-controlled organisations had won a contract to provide Aboriginal early intervention in-home support services.

The Wungening Aboriginal Corporation will be the lead agency, with Moorditj Koort, based in Kwinana, Ebenezer Home and Coolabaroo Community Services also providing specialist services.

The Aboriginal in-home support services will include guiding and mentoring parents on managing day-to-day tasks at home, meeting children’s needs and keeping the family safe together, and developing routines so parents regularly get their children to school.

The program will also address alcohol and drug issues, the impacts of intergenerational trauma, homelessness and will improve the family’s connection with their community and culture.

Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre, Chief Executive, Jonathon Ford said the program would work by supporting families’ access to alcohol and other drug programs, primary health care services and family, parent and housing support services.

'The holistic model is to support families and provide them with access to services they need during hard times,' he said.

The unique thing about this contract is after long-term lobbying, the State Government has acknowledged that any solution has to be Aboriginal-run and led in partnership with the Government and other mainstream providers.”

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics population projection data for June 30, 2016, the national rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care was almost 10 times the rate for non-Indigenous children.

Child Protection Minister, Simone McGurk said the State Government worked closely with the Aboriginal community to develop the service.

'We strongly believe in having Aboriginal organisations lead this work - they are the experts,' she said.

Source: The West Australian


Last updated: 14 February 2018
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