Purro Birik - (Healthy Spirit)
APPENDIX 4. PRISON PILOT PROGRAM
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.
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;
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