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Breaking the Cycle (Recidivism)



This collaborative research project in Queensland (Qld), aimed to address the consequences of chronic alcohol and other drug use in remote Aboriginal communities, and to further identify any pattern of re-offending associated with chronic alcohol and other drug use. The research sought to collaborate with the communities, to identify factors and consequences, and to educate and empower all Aboriginal communities to make healthy life choices. 

It is hoped that recommendations stemming from the research will promote a new approach to reduce re-offending rates at a community level through a number of initiatives, including:

The project aimed to promote and support the benefits of a community-based co-design of services to improve health outcomes in remote Aboriginal communities, through a partnership between New Ways Real Health and James Cook University.

Abstract adapted from New Ways, Real Health


New Ways, Real Health (NWRH)
53 Enid St
PO Box 1127
Mount Isa Qld 4825
Phone: (07) 4744 7600
Fax: (07) 4743 4858

Evaluated publications

Breaking the cycle (2016)

North and West Remote Health

The Breaking the cycle resource package was developed to help viewers understand the issues around repeat offending, particularly around drug and alcohol causes. The package was developed as part of the Keeping on Country research project and includes:

The resource was created as a partnership of North and West Remote Health and James Cook University in collaboration with the remote Aboriginal communities of Mornington Island and Doomadgee.

Each resource is designed to introduce difficult topics around Breaking the cycle in a way that is accessible to the viewer. The topics of the movies are based on the research outcomes of the Keeping on Country Project and invite the viewer to consider the steps that can be taken to work towards achieving a better future. Together, the six movies provide resources for different age groups, and male and female audiences.

Abstract adapted from North and West Remote Health

Dawes G (2016)

Keeping on country: Doomadgee and Mornington Island recidivism research report.

Townsville, Qld: North and West Remote Health


Last updated: 27 July 2017
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