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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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1. 1.0. PREFACE. The Healthy Aboriginal Life Team (HALT) has completed its research and developmental stage; this culminated in an Evaluation conducted by The Menzies School of Health Research Commissioned by ATSIC, the Evaluation was finalized in July 1990. It was then agreed that further consultation between the principal stakeholders, HALT, ATSIC and the Menzies School, would take place to develop a strategic plan for the future direction of HALT; in line with the recommendations listed in the evaluation report. For a number of reasons, this consultation did not eventuate: * the preoccupation of ATSIC with the transition to its new organizational structure; * the planning response to the National Aboriginal Health Strategy; and * ongoing commitment of HALT to existing petrol sniffing projects. In spite of the stakeholders failure to finalize a strategic plan, the principals of HALT have completed an evaluating phase of their own and the attached strategic plan is the result of that process. The recommendations contained in the Evaluation Report have been recognized and considered in the development of this plan. Quotes from relevant publications which validate HALT'S presence in the substance abuse field are to be found at Appendix C. In addition, relevant Recommendations from the Report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody are to found at Appendix D. The new direction for HALT is an essentially Aboriginal one. Its centre is within the Communities, its process traditional, demonstrating to Aboriginal people their culture is a dynamic adaptive process which can survive and thrive in a technological age. It is, as Andrew Japaljarri Spencer says, the re-emergence of the spirit; the process by which Aboriginal people will empower themselves. The HALT process has transformed from the initial stage of exploring and adapting traditional Aboriginal responses to social dysfunctions such as petrol sniffing into being a prototype for Aboriginal Community Advancement. It is about empowerment, acknowledgement of the intrinsic value of Aboriginal tradition, and a way of reconciliation; now and for the future.