Category Archives: ABORIGINAL MATTERS

The Glen Centre – Central Coast Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Centre

In 1994 Ngaimpe Aboriginal Corporation was registered (and set up The Glen). Since that date it has been an example of the triumph of the Koori Spirit and how we can make our dreams come true. The Glen is proud to be a Central Coast Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre.The founding motivation for Ngaimpe was the suffering of our people at the hands of drugs and alcohol. Ngaimpe was especially interested in trying to get men (indigenous and non-indigenous) out of the criminal justice system and into treatment for their drug or alcohol addiction (which causes the offending behaviors).Ngaimpes Motivation :There has and continues to be an over representation of Indigenous Australians in the prison system.There is hazardous levels of use of alcohol and other substances by Indigenous Australians.There is lower levels of participation in education and employment by Indigenous Australians compared to the general population.Ngaimpes Treatment :The programs run by Ngaimpe Aboriginal Corporation are designed to treat a client in a holistic manner to address their issues. This means treating the person as a whole (spiritually, mentally and physically). It also means trying to not just treat their addiction but the things that may be causing the addictive behaviors. The programs that Ngaimpe employ through The Glen Centre are about trying to empower people to take control of their lives, to live a good fun life, and to become active members back in their families and the community as a whole.Our program is based on indigenous values and spirituality with a heavy emphasis on the individual and the consequences of the individual’s choices. It includes group sessions, one to one counselling, work programs, sport and meetings of NA or AA.What is The Glen :The original ‘The Glen’ was established on dis used land at Chittaway in 1994. This site is located on 40 acres and is now a modern rehabilitation facility that has 20 residential rehabilitation beds.In 1997 ‘The Glen Annexe’ was established at Rothbury in The NSW Hunter Valley. This site has 16 residential rehabilitation beds. Unfortunately this site was forced to close in September 2014.

Source: The Glen Centre – Central Coast Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Centre

Government’s Healthy Welfare Card no solution to alcohol abuse

In Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the country, old wounds are being reopened. Many of our people are being forced to revisit the past trauma of income management and stolen wages.The federal government’s Healthy Welfare Card has created great concern and contention, as the measure will disproport­ionately affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and claw back our hard-won rights and freedoms.The government, with the support of the opposition, has passed legislation, without any amendments and with very little consultation, to control the finances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in three trial sites, beginning with the South Aust­ralian town of Ceduna next month. The third proposed site, of Halls Creek in the Kimberley, rejected the idea out of hand, with the shire president Malcolm Edwards saying it had adopted the position of its Aboriginal advisory committee to reject the plan.“At the last meeting, they voted against having the card. They thought it was a bit unfair because it targeted everyone,” Mr Edwards said.All welfare recipients in the trial areas will have 80 per cent of their welfare quarantined to a bank card. Only 20 per cent of their welfare payment would be available in cash, which the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Alan Tudge, has himself admitted could leave some welfare recipients with as little as $60 in their pocket each week.It is deeply troubling that the government is “contemplating how to proceed should the trials prove successful” before any trials have even begun.

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