Aboriginal Sobriety Group Indigenous Corporation (ASG) and the Exception Needs Unit (ENU) have worked tirelessly over the past 12 months to sustain a suitable property in Ottoway to run our program. Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Women’s Supported Accommodation which has now commenced. This program is a 12 month pilot program with the view of expanding in line with the National Disability Insurance Scheme. This Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Women’s Supported Accommodation provides a safe, stable, long term, culturally appropriate facility for female clients with high and complex needs including mental health support.
This pilot program has been developed to meet the unmet needs of a select cohort of service users who are Aboriginal women with a disability. A particular need is those women with high to exceptional and complex needs and risks for whom there is currently no appropriate accommodation or adequate support services available. The women identified have high and complex needs which bring them under notice of the Criminal Justice system.
Collaboration with the Exceptional Needs Unit determines the referral process for this service. It is intended that the program expand to include additional women with the opportunity to link into culturally appropriate sustainable accommodation that is able to provide the high level of support needs required for long term successful outcomes.
ASG has strong working partnerships with the Exceptional Needs Unit and other stakeholders involved in the high level care and support of the identified client cohort e.g. Public Advocate, Public Trustee, Forensic Mental Health (James Nash House), RDNS, Burdekin Clinic and SAPOL.
The beneficial outcomes as a result of developing a unique model of care accommodation and support has identified that the model is successful and will have benefits for other clients who are accommodated and supported through this model.