Aboriginal Sobriety Group Indigenous Corporation Riverland is based in Berri and administers a range of services to provide a complete Social and Emotional Wellbeing pathway for our community.
The Substance Misuse program aims to improve the health status of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people through the delivery of effective, holistic, culturally appropriate, safe drug and alcohol interventions. This is achieved by providing a range of substance misuse services to meet the needs of community and to improve client access to drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation. These services include:
- First point of contact for drug and alcohol services and support
- Drug and alcohol information and education
- Drug and alcohol assessment
- Drug and alcohol referral, advocacy and case management support
- Drug and alcohol outreach support
- Community and Family based drug and alcohol interventions
- Drug and alcohol Counselling
- Interagency networking and capacity building
- Riverland Aboriginal Men’s Support Group
Social & Emotional Wellbeing (Stolen Generations/ BTH)
SEWB assists Aboriginal people who present with complex need’s often alcohol and other drug issues, social, emotional and general wellbeing. A focus is around trauma associated with early childhood forced removal, institutionalisation and separation from family and culture. This encompasses culturally appropriate referral pathways for Stolen Generation people and provides a holistic service that takes into account the context of Aboriginal People’s lives and ongoing implications of cultural separation on their health and social and emotional wellbeing including:
- Provision for assistance with addressing medical issues,
- Referrals to qualified BTH counsellors,
- Referrals to SA Link up and
- Working collaboratively with these agencies.
Aboriginal Mental Health
Aboriginal Mental Health contributes to the conveyance of culturally appropriate targeted programs and supports with the aim of promoting positive mental health and social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal community members. This includes:
- Support access to high quality culturally appropriate health services
- Bi-monthly Ngangkari (Traditional Healers) Clinics
- Community Education
- A stepped care approach promotes person centred care which targets the needs of the individual
Community transition is the provision of a localised and coordinated response to brokering, supporting access and connection with identified and prioritised service gaps/supports for Aboriginal people with alcohol and drugs or mental health issues. In essence, the Community Transition Worker (CTW) fulfils the role of ‘feet on the ground’, ensuring that ongoing support maximises outcomes, be that with support with transport to appointments or by ensuring a holistic and collaborative approach between service providers and agencies to address agreed goals . The CTW also fulfils the role of case management in order to ensure that overview of the established care plan/goals is maintained and monitored. The program aims to promote wellbeing by providing a dedicated point of contact within community to coordinate and support individual client case plans and through-care to access and receive services. These include:
- Linkages to all ASG services
- Access to GP driven health and mental health care plans,
- Psychology services, trauma and loss and grief;
- Housing options including sustained housing and early intervention/prevention support;
- Support for individuals managing their engagement within the correctional/justice system
- Advocacy services to ensure clients receive fair, just and equitable services
- Implementation and immersion in positive social structures, community linkages
- Maximising the re-engagement with culture and family
- Actively support the implementation of long term, self -support strategies for wellbeing Riverland Aboriginal Men’s Support Group -strength and resilience;
- Employment and training options
- Support a positive experience with services
Mobile Assistance Patrol (MAP)
MAP provides transport to Riverland community members under the influence of alcohol, other substances or situational crisis from public places to places of care, safety and support. The MAP Program Aims are to:
- To reduce harm arising from the use of alcohol and other substances.
- To improve the safety and well-being of individuals who have been affected by the misuse of alcohol and other substances.
- Maximise the wellbeing of individuals affected by drugs and alcohol by taking them to places of safety including hospitals and other key services.
Mobile Assistance Patrol (MAP) Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Riverland MAP Mobile: 0427 013 390
- Psychology Service
- Ngangkari’s (Traditional Healers)
- Riverland Aboriginal Men’s Support Group (RAMSG)
- Riverland Mimini’s Group
- Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM)
3 Wilson Street, Berri Phone: 8580 8700, Fax: 8582 1750, Email: dons *at* asg.org.au
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