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1 Rachael Wargent The Cairns Institute, James Cook University

2 Shanty Creek TC Community commenced March 2012 north of Cairns near Mareeba Currently 19 residents Both men and women Adults over 18 years Length of stay up to 9 months

3  Nationally, alcohol and cannabis remain the most common principal drugs of use.  It is highest among those aged years.  In 2008, 17% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over reported chronic drinking and 37% reported binge drinking, in the previous 12 month period.  Hospital admission rates of Indigenous people for conditions caused by drugs other than tobacco and alcohol are over twice those among non- Indigenous Australians.

4  Discussion started in 2010  JCU developed a methodology to evaluate a TC in north Queensland  Partnership JCU, QDAC and Lives Lived Well  Identified as a highly needed service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the north

5  Most of staff are Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Island  Clinical, Case workers, grounds men, cooks, cleaners administration  On country  Men’s and women’s spaces  Art and craft  Local AMS

6  Modified for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people  Contribute to the social, economic and wellbeing of people  Contribute to the evidence base for culturally appropriate D&A treatment services

7 Methodology Multifaceted research frameworks: Participatory Action Research Qualitative Quantitative GEM Growth and Empowerment Measure Client Satisfaction Survey Ethics This project has been allocated ethics approval Number H4452

8 Developed an evaluation framework for CQI with staff  4 main Indicators: 1.Cultural Domain 2.Wellbeing Gain 3.Health Gain 4.Governance and Management  3 rounds of CQI, 1 done next one due this month

9 GEM developed to measure empowerment and wellbeing Family Wellbeing Program

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15  Service enhancement ◦ Daily Programs ◦ Staff evaluation  Improve facilities  Improve Wellbeing of Clients  Where to next….?

16 References: D Gray & Wilkes, 2010 Bailie, Si, O'Donoghue, & Dowden, 2007; Cornwall & Jewkes, Haswell, M., Kavanagh, D., Tsey, K., Reilly, L., Cadet-James, Y., Laliberte, A., Doran, C. (2010). Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Thank you!


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