NACCHO Aboriginal health: Ted Wilkes hostel bid for Aboriginal kids in crisis

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A lot of our people are doing well now and we have enough knowledge and leadership to take ownership of this so that we can help out the significant minority of our people who are caught up in crime. I agree there is a bottom line that the children have to be kept in safe places until such time as they can be  reconnected with family

Professor Ted Wilkes, Chairman of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee

A coalition of Aboriginal agencies should be given funding and control to set up hostels for neglected children and rehabilitation centres for their parents, indigenous leader Ted Wilkes said yesterday.

From the West Australian

Responding to a call by Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan for the Government to remove children from their parents, Associate Professor Wilkes said simply putting more Aboriginal children into foster care was pointless.

Professor Wilkes, whose roles  include  chairman of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee and one of the State Government’s ambassadors for children and young people, said it was time for Aboriginal people to solve their own problems.

He has started work to form a coalition,  including the Aboriginal Legal Service and health services, to make a funding proposal for hostels for children at risk.

“We would want to work in partnership with the police, justice system and education department, and the private sector,” he said.

A coalition of Aboriginal agencies should be given funding and control to set up hostels for neglected children and rehabilitation centres for their parents, indigenous leader Ted Wilkes said yesterday.

Responding to a call by Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan for the Government to remove children from their parents, Associate Professor Wilkes said simply putting more Aboriginal children into foster care was pointless.

Professor Wilkes, whose roles  include  chairman of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee and one of the State Government’s ambassadors for children and young people, said it was time for Aboriginal people to solve their own problems.

He has started work to form a coalition,  including the Aboriginal Legal Service and health services, to make a funding proposal for hostels for children at risk.

“We would want to work in partnership with the police, justice system and education department, and the private sector,” he said.

“A lot of our people are doing well now and we have enough knowledge and leadership to take ownership of this so that we can help out the significant minority of our people who are caught up in crime. I agree there is a bottom line that the children have to be kept in safe places until such time as they can be  reconnected with family.

“We could build structures and look after the children and their parents could have visiting rights when they’ve sobered up and have time with the children once they’ve become stable and got a home.”

Professor Wilkes said the Aboriginal community desperately needed appropriate substance  addiction facilities.

“Alcohol should never be underestimated but amphetamines are becoming the preferred choice,” he said. “The use of cannabis and amphetamines is a lot higher in the Aboriginal world and that’s directly connected to disadvantage.

“It’s an escape.

“We did research at the Telethon Institute about the life-stress events that our kids are dealing with and they’re off the scale.”

‘The use of cannabis and amphetamines is a lot higher in the Aboriginal world.'”

“We could build structures and look after the children and their parents could have visiting rights when they’ve sobered up and have time with the children once they’ve become stable and got a home.”

Professor Wilkes said the Aboriginal community desperately needed appropriate substance  addiction facilities.

“Alcohol should never be underestimated but amphetamines are becoming the preferred choice,” he said. “The use of cannabis and amphetamines is a lot higher in the Aboriginal world and that’s directly connected to disadvantage.

“It’s an escape.

“We did research at the Telethon Institute about the life-stress events that our kids are dealing with and they’re off the scale.”

‘The use of cannabis and amphetamines is a lot higher in the Aboriginal world.'”

You can hear more about Aboriginal health .Alcohol and other drugs at the NACCHO SUMMIT

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The importance of our NACCHO member Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHS) is not fully recognised by governments.

The economic benefits of ACCHS has not been recognised at all.

We provide employment, income and a range of broader community benefits that mainstream health services and mainstream labour markets do not. ACCHS need more financial support from government, to provide not only quality health and wellbeing services to communities, but jobs, income and broader community economic benefits.

A good way of demonstrating how economically valuable ACCHS are is to showcase our success at a national summit.

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