South Australian Government

Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation Policy Partnership: Capacity building within South Australian Community

Goals/Aims

In 2005, the SA Department of the Premier and Cabinet was granted $2.1 million by the AERF (as FARE was then) to develop and implement a framework to assist the South Australian Community to deliver public health interventions and prevention mechanisms, primarily targeting indigenous youth in regional and metropolitan areas.

Two projects were implemented as part of the grant funding including the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yunkinytjatjara (APY) Lands Arts Celebrating Healthy Communities initiative and the Wiltanendi: Becoming Stronger Program in the metropolitan area.

The Carclew Youth Arts Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yunkunytjatjara (APY) Lands Demonstration Project (“APY Lands Demonstration Project” from here on) ran from 2006 to 2008. It aimed to address drug diversion and other life domain outcomes by providing a youth arts program that engaged with communities and delivered serious training in music, visual art, filmmaking and dance to young people.

The original aim of the Wiltanendi Demonstration Project was to trial a new model of case management for young Aboriginal people who engage in at-risk behaviour through poly and injecting drug use. The model of case management was identified as Assertive Community Case Management and Wiltanendi has developed a specialised approach involving the application of two strategies—the Targeted Approach and the Universal Approach. The Targeted Approach involves the use of an Assertive Case Management Approach, in which Case Managers and Mentors are situated in the community and work with clients to facilitate and to work through any issues and problems. This is coupled with the Universal Approach which involves the development of partnerships and activities to provide broader opportunities for these young people to engage, which would lead to drug use reduction.

The Wiltanendi Demonstration Project has grown and changed in the 4 years since it commenced. Initially the structure focused on providing the Assertive Case Management with some supporting activities and partnerships, whereas it now operates with a smaller focus on Case Management and a greater emphasis on education in the newly created Wiltanendi Paiendi educational sites. This change has been reflected in the change of fundamental referral criteria to the project—from young Aboriginal people with drug or alcohol issues to young Aboriginal people who have drug or alcohol issues and are significantly disengaged from education.

Outcomes

Carclew Youth Arts Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yunkunytjatjara (APY) Lands Demonstration Project

The context and background for properly understanding these key findings are given in the body of the Evaluation Report. The 12 Theme headings will act as your guide to find out more. In short form, the key findings were:

 

The Wiltanendi Demonstration Project

In short form, the key findings were:

Resources

Guerin, B, Tedmanson, D, Savelsberg, H, Booth, Y, Lockley, D, Gursansky, D & Kennedy, R (2010) Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation Policy Partnership: Evaluation Report Carclew Youth Arts Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yunkunytjatjara Lands Demonstration Project

Guerin, B, Lockley, D, Booth, Y, Gursansky, D, Kennedy, R, Tedmanson, D, Savelsberg , H (2010)  Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation Policy Partnership Evaluation Report: Evaluation of the Wiltanendi Demonstration Project.

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