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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 6 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 2009..


discharge from withdrawal services; if so, how will this Halfway House be linked to any existing Indigenous services.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

ACT Health is currently undertaking a study into the establishment of an Aboriginal-run residential Healing Farm to address the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our community, including those with substance abuse issues. The study is being conducted in partnership with the Australian Government and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community, under the COAG Shared Responsibility Agreement signed in April 2004. The provision of support for people who are on discharge from services, such as a halfway house, is one aspect of the model that is being considered.

A governance model for the Healing Farm, including any links to existing Indigenous services, is currently under discussion.

Drugs-indigenous use

(Question No 324)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 16 March 2005:

(1) In relation to the recommendations of "I want to be heard"-An analysis of needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander illegal drug users in the ACT and region for treatment and other services, will the ACT Government respond to the request for the establishment of an Aboriginal-run residential treatment centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander drug users;

(2) What focus will be given to learning initiatives on Indigenous culture and identity.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) As stated in the response to Question on Notice 323, a governance model for the healing Farm is currently under discussion. The principle aim of the Healing Farm will be to deliver services in a holistic manner targeting not only the client but also their families. The Farm will build close links with detoxification services, while focussing primarily on healing and rehabilitation services.

(2) The healing approach will attempt to break the cycle of intergenerational drug use, and foster reconnection to Aboriginal cultural values and beliefs, family and social networks. It is anticipated that learning initiatives will form an integral part of this approach.

Drugs-indigenous use

(Question No 325)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 16 March 2005:

(1) In relation to the recommendations of "I want to be heard"-An analysis of needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander illegal drug users in the ACT and region for treatment and other services, what cultural education programs are being developed for drug using members of their communities in the ACT;


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