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Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 084 HALT Healthy Aboriginal Life Team



Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 084 HALT Healthy Aboriginal Life Team

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in particular, to reduce the rate at which Aboriginal j uveniles are separated from their families and communities, whether by being declared to be in need of care, detained, imprisoned or otherwise. RESPONSE. HALT activity reinforces traditionally defined parenting roles and relationships; where necessary supports their recovery and adaption. 287. That the Commonwealth, States and Territories give higher priority to the provision of alcohol and other drug prevention , intervention and treatment programs for Aboriginal people which are functionally accessible to potential clients and are staffed by suitably trained workers, particularly Aboriginal workers. These programs should operate in a manner such that they result in greater empowerment of Aboriginal people, not higher dependence on external funding bodies. RESPONSE. A principle of HALT'S programs is deliberate avoidance of contributing to dependency conditions; and its methods support reempowerment processes. 285. That Aboriginal organizations and CounciIs(including ATSIC) be encouraged to give consideration to the further implementation of programs to employ multipurpose Aboriginal drug and alcohol community workers, and that appropriate assistance is sought in the training of Aboriginal people to fill such roles. RESPONSE. HALT has established models for development and support of the roles of Aboriginal Community Workers (otherwise called Community Counsellors) and advocates further implementation of this strategy. Prospective institutional support has been canvassed from Batchelor College (NT) and the Centre for Education and Training in the Addictions (CETA) at Flinders University. Healthy Aboriginal Life Team (HALT).