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Rebuilding family life in Alice Springs and Central Australia: the social and community dimensions of change for our people



Rebuilding family life in Alice Springs and Central Australia: the social and community dimensions of change for our people


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This paper has been released by the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress as a constructive contribution to the debate on the social crisis facing Alice Springs and Central Australia. It presents powerful ideas as well as concrete strategies for change that we believe can make a real difference for our people. This papers describes a number of approaches and programs that are already in place in a limited way here in Alice Springs. - Foreword; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).


"Foreword by Helen Kantawara and Stephanie Bell"

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Income inequality, low social status and self esteem and the social problems in Alice Springs -- 3. Empowerment and greater control: a Central Australian Family Responsibility Commission -- 4. Early Childhood programs, education attainment, employment and health -- 5. Supported accommodation services and public housing availability in the Alice Springs town area -- 6. Ensure that all primary health care services throughout Central Australia have a Social and Emotional Well-Being Program that includes a Targeted Family Support Service and an Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Program -- 7. Youth Services -- 8. Alcohol Supply Reduction -- 9. Stop the Violence Campaign -- 10. Adult Literacy Campaign.




Stop the violence campaign; School attendance; Education; Mental health; Government policy

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Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

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Alice Springs


47 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 30cm.

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24 It is vital that this program is established with the same type of national support structure as the Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program, including training support, to ensure that all sites are able to maintain the required level of program fidelity to the Abecedarian approach. There is also the same need to ensure that quality data is collected from the outset so that the outcomes of the program can be adequately assessed in Aboriginal communities. Recommendation 5 That high quality child care centres be established for all children aged 1 to 3 from disadvantaged households in Alice Springs and surrounding communities. That these centres implement the Carolina Abecedarian early intervention approach to build school readiness and maximise potential for positive educational and social outcomes in young adulthood. That these children transition into 2 years of pre school.

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