Status in progress
2. Fewer Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system
2.4 Fewer Aboriginal people return to the criminal justice system
2.4.2 Drivers of people’s offending are addressed whilst in contact with the justice system
In progress
Justice Health, Department of Justice and Community Safety
Corrections Victoria, Department of Justice and Community Safety

Where we are up to

The Aboriginal Healing Unit development work continues with the Sub-Committee Group continuing to flesh out the Healing Unit operating framework and how Operating Principles can be actioned in a tangible way within a prison setting. 

The Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) approved a further extension of the Continuity of Health Care pilot contracts through to 31 December 2020.  The program has shifted to a remote service deliver model during the current period. 

Cultural safety training was delivered under the Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Plan (ASEWP) across two streams:

  1. cultural awareness training delivered by Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) was completed in 2018 for Justice Health and contracted health service providers 
  2. Aboriginal mental health assessment and treatment training for clinicians was completed in September 2019.


This project will consider culturally appropriate, holistic health care models in prisons including:

  • extending the Continuity of Health Care Pilot and the Continuity of Care strategy to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people in custody and post-release
  • cultural safety training for health service providers in the adult and youth justice systems
  • trauma and grief informed health services in prisons
  • an 'Aboriginal Healing Unit'.