Purro Birik - 42

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Purro Birik - (Healthy Spirit)




The Moroponuk officer has had contact with the Koori inmates and with members of the prison management. The outcome of these meetings is that there is a relationship developing between the Koori inmates and the Wathaurong Men's Business group, there is a launch planned on the 12/04/99, and there will be a pilot program commencing the 14/04/99.

The launch will comprise a meal of bush foods, music, and a ceremony to celebrate the commencement of interaction between the Koori inmates and the Men of Wathaurong.

The pilot program will consist of two members of the Men's group attending on a fortnightly basis. Wednesday night from 5.30pm-7.30pm. There will be an opportunity to import others with particular skills or knowledge to offer, but the Wathaurong Men's group will remain responsible for the facilitation of the program. It is envisaged that the program will run for a period of three months and will then be reviewed.
The Koori inmates have had an opportunity to discuss these developments and have provided valuable input into the planning of the program.

Discussion Topics

1. Post Release- (put a process in place to assist in accommodation, support, Centrelink, and getting back to their own community);
2. Legal Rights-Governors Court etc;
3. ACJP-Aboriginal Community Justice Program;
4. Sport-Basketball / Volleyball. Koori AFL Footballers;
5. Radio-Music;
6. Aboriginal Case Workers-Community Corrections Officer;
7. Anger Management Course;
8. Drug and Alcohol Programs-current course is not culturally relevant;
9. Koori cooking course-Andrew Ireland- Kathy to check with Centre manager;
10. Community Integration Program.

The initial program session will be aimed at exploring this input with the Koori inmates and gaining a clear understanding of the what, where, and how of these suggestions. The program will include the much appreciated support of the education department (Helen McDonald in particular), Kate Jurgensen (program manager of the prison), the Koori Liaison officers of the prison, and Kathy Travis who facilitated much of the early development of the project.


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