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:
- cultural awareness training delivered by Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) was completed in 2018 for Justice Health and contracted health service providers
- 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'.